How to right-size your internet connection

Bigleaf customers typically enjoy a big improvement in the reliability and performance of their internet connections. There are other, lesser-known advantages to Bigleaf, too. One benefit is the chance to make better investment decisions when choosing ISP circuit types and services. The business intelligence provided by Bigleaf can help you to right-size internet connectivity while improving access for your entire organization.  

Bigleaf provides detailed reports on each circuit, so it’s easy to see how much throughput is needed, and how much is delivered. The in-depth analysis in the Bigleaf Web Dashboard shows which circuit is providing the needed performance and which is falling short. The IT team can make better choices, which sometimes leads to lower total cost of operation (TCO) as well as higher-quality service. 

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With Bigleaf, you can achieve optimal performance on business-critical applications, to support greater productivity, seamless videoconferencing, responsive e-commerce, and real-time access to point-of-sale systems and electronic medical records. 

More bandwidth is not always better

Without Bigleaf, organizations with inadequate connectivity will often follow the ISP’s advice. The ISP typically recommends upgrading to an expensive, broadband circuit, like fiber optic cable. I’ve seen this happen at lots of organizations, both during my time at Bigleaf and in my previous work at an MSP.  

While that extra bandwidth may solve many connectivity problems, a gigabit line does not always provide consistent throughput. Users can still experience slowdowns and interruptions.  And a high-bandwidth, fiber optic line can cost 4-6x more per month than the original 200 Mbps circuit.  

Diversify ISPs and circuit types

A better choice would be to retain the original 100 Mbps or 200 Mbps line and add a second line. The redundancy helps to safeguard against downtime that can be caused by outages. The best option would be to work with more than one ISP and more than one circuit type, such as adding a cable, Starlink LEO satellite, or cellular line to supplement a primary circuit.  

By choosing diverse suppliers and circuit types, you further reduce the risk of downtime. One ISP might fail, but it’s unlikely for two to fail at once. Likewise, the physical cable or wire might get cut by mistake in a nearby construction project, but it’s unlikely for two different connections to be disrupted simultaneously. 

Add Bigleaf for reliable, high-performance connectivity 

Add Bigleaf to connect two, three, or four circuits, and you can achieve better than 99.99% uptime. Bigleaf also optimizes internet connectivity and performance automatically for all your most important applications and use cases.   

In many cases, the cost of two lines from two different ISPs will cost much less than one high-bandwidth connection. They provide all the benefits of reliable, stable internet connectivity that is right sized for your needs. Plus, customers can often pay for the Bigleaf solution out of their savings, and still have money left over.  

Right-sizing internet connectivity with Bigleaf may not always save money. Some companies break even or spend just a bit more than before, depending on their choices of service and providers. Regardless, they get great value for their money, as they can depend on their internet connections to deliver the always-on, highly optimized performance that keeps their organizations running smoothly and productively.  

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