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Understanding Bottlenecks and Bandwidth Management

"It's the network." This is probably one of the most uttered phrases in companies today. Mysterious slowdowns, dropped connections and other anomalies have network engineers frustrated. To the end user, services either work or they don't work—there's no middle ground. They don't understand that something is working, but temporarily slow. If they can't get an e-mail, or reach a Web site, or whatever their task is for the moment, then it's the network's fault. The network engineer is then tasked with determining what the problem is, why it exists and how to fix it fast. With a full seven layers to troubleshoot, the problem can be taxing. In an effort to assist networking professionals in identifying errors and bottlenecks, nearly every hardware vendor and numerous software vendors have created and released tools for identifying problems. But it sometimes becomes a major undertaking for network engineers to understand and interpret the information these tools uncover.

This eGuide will provide information to assist network managers and engineers in understanding the bottlenecks and traffic issues that can happen with the network as well as their potential causes and cures. This white paper covers:

  • Packets
  • Transmission of frames
  • Bandwidth Issues
  • Bottlenecks
  • And more


Carrie Higbie President, BladeSystems Alliance Carrie Higbie has been involved in the computing and networking industries for 25+ years. She has extensive background in all aspects of networking and application development as a consultant, project manager, and Fortune 500 executive and has taught at a collegiate level. She is the President of the BladeSystems Alliance and participates with the IEEE, TIA and various consortiums for standards acceptance. Carrie is a frequent contributor to TechTarget’s, and and serves on’s board of advisors.
CA Technologies.
06 Aug 2007
23 Nov 2006
10 Page(s)
White Paper

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