As it relates to Internet-based systems,
bandwidth is the data rate that can be supported by your network
connections and pipelines. A bandwidth monitor measures
A Bandwidth Monitor Can Lower Costs
The cost of bandwidth can be one of the largest
expenses associated with a company's Internet operations if they
have high bandwidth applications or transactions. Companies aggressively
negotiate bandwidth pricing at the start of hosting or telecom
contracts, but surprisingly few invest in a bandwidth monitor
to track usage on an ongoing basis. A bandwidth monitor can identify
bottlenecks as well as underutilized pipelines. A bandwidth monitor
also can verify that a telecom pipeline provider is billing correctly
and is meeting their service level agreements.
A Bandwidth Monitor Can Help Capacity
Another reason to have a bandwidth monitor is
for capacity planning. You need a bandwidth monitor to measure
how bandwidth usage fluctuates at different times of the day as
well as from month to month if you are to make an informed
decision about capacity growth or contraction.
A bandwidth monitor is something you should
ask your hosting company to provide.