How to handle the bandwidth issue when processing information in a virtual environment

Posted by Justin Hesser on August 7, 2013

The ability to process information and store it in a virtual environment is certainly a benefit to any company that relies heavily on its data. However, as volumes continue to grow, the challenges pertaining to its storage and impact on the business network must be considered.

The issue of storage is being alleviated with cloud computing. For example, if a company initiated a FileMaker development project to build a database, it could then host that system in the cloud. The virtual nature of this storage system makes it easier for businesses to implement additional space, as they don’t have to concern themselves with physical servers. However, even if a company has a strong cloud storage solution, it must be able to properly maintain the amount of data managed in the cloud.

Bandwidth becomes a concern when large quantities of information are being processed through the network. If an organization is managing its data in a cloud system, it must have enough bandwidth to ensure information can transfer quickly without compromising other areas of the business.

In today’s offices, we are more connected than ever before. In addition to traditional desktops, many organizations issue smartphones or tablets to their employees. Others manage a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy that allows workers to bring their own gadgets to the office for work. With so many machines being connected to the network, data is flowing constantly, which could put a strain on network strength if it is not properly managed.

The key is data efficiency. Companies need to get the most out of the bandwidth they have, which means they cannot afford to run into issues such as data duplication. If the organization is processing more information than it needs to, it is taking up more bandwidth than necessary. Mitigating this issue is crucial. A system must be in place that properly manages information in the most efficient way possible.

FileMaker development can help with this need as well, as this process can be used to build a custom database software system. This program can be constructed to fit with an organization’s specific data needs, which will go a long way toward ensuring that information flows quickly without slowing down any other processes.