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Network optimization is technology used for improving network performance for a given environment. It is considered an important component of effective information systems management. Network optimization plays an important role as information technology is growing at exponential rates with business users producing large volumes of data and thus consuming larger network bandwidths. If proper network optimization is not in place, the continuous growth can add strain to the network architecture of the concerned environment or organization.
The goal of any network optimization is with the given set of constraints; ensuring an optimal network design with lowest cost structure and free flow of data. Network optimization should be able to ensure optimal usage for system resources, improve productivity as well as efficiency for the organization. Network optimization looks at the individual workstation up to the server and the tools and connections associated with it. Large organizations make use of teams of network analysts to optimize networks. Network optimization often makes use of traffic shaping, redundant data elimination, data caching and data compression and streamlining of data protocols. Network optimization must be able to boost network efficiency without acquiring additional or expensive hardware or software.
There are many benefits of network optimization. It can help in faster data transfers including bulk data transfer, disaster recovery capabilities, reducing bandwidth expenses and also improving response times for interactive applications like databases and software applications. It also improves the performance of applications with better bandwidth and helps in maximizing network speeds between remote locations.
Benefits of network optimization are not limited or visible to just information technology managers, but are also passed on the end users of the concerned organization or environment.