Key Ways to Optimize LAN and WAN Networks for Business

Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

WAN and LAN were once entirely separate networks. Nowadays, that is less common as many organizations migrate to cloud applications, virtual computing, and virtual networks. As a result, one's LAN may operate as a virtual network on one's WAN.

Fremont, CA: Many aspects of modern business depend heavily on networks, including connecting computers, making backups, running applications, sharing data, running software, and accessing the Internet.

Because an optimized network is faster, more secure, and better able to meet the needs of its users, optimizing these networks sometimes means saving time, money, and considerable frustration across one's teams.

Suppose one's organization's networks are slowing down, frequently experiencing bottlenecks, or have high latency issues. In that case, it is easy to assume that more bandwidth is required, but the alternative is frequently simply optimizing how traffic is managed over the network.

While one's optimization efforts will vary greatly depending on whether one is operating legacy networks or is establishing new ones, there are numerous steps one can take to optimize business WAN and LAN.

Cloud Management and WAN/LAN

WAN and LAN were once entirely separate networks. That is less common nowadays, as many organisations migrate to cloud applications, virtual computing, and virtual networks. As a result, one's LAN may operate as a virtual network on one's WAN. This means that if one wants to improve one's Local Area Network, one must consider cloud management as well as cloud optimization.

What exactly is cloud management? In most cases, this entails controlling data, traffic, and data allocation across one's Wide Area Network, complete with automation to manage security issues, redirect traffic, and manage users to reallocate resources based on needs.

Managing Traffic

Good traffic management is critical for both WAN and LAN, but implementation typically necessitates a combination of hardware and software solutions. All data sent and shared over one's network, including users and data, is referred to as traffic. Because the tools are the same, most optimization stays similar for LAN and WAN.

In this case, central management with monitoring, testing, baseline monitoring, and automated triggers, as well as needs mapping over time, would most likely benefit one's organization. This will assist one in making the most of one's existing infrastructure by mapping problem areas, minimizing issues by automatically rerouting or changing requests, as well as automatically flagging issues for human review.

Buffering – Reduces the data footprint on the network to reduce latency.

Data Duplication – When multiple people try to send the same data over the network, an existing copy is sent instead. The total load on the network and servers is reduced by decreasing the number of copies of an item on the server. This is a component of caching, which involves frequent storing of accessed files on the server for faster access and to avoid duplicates.

Data compression – Data should be compressed in order to reduce the overall load on bandwidth. Compression is not appropriate for all networks because not all systems can do so effectively without lowering output quality.