Your applications are moving to the cloud and your internet traffic is growing — making it essential to prioritize business critical apps, like Office 365, over YouTube, live-streaming, and other traffic to ensure a fast user experience and fully realize the benefits of the cloud.
You may try to address these challenges by upgrading bandwidth before deploying Office 365. However, most organizations still face network challenges and user experience suffers, despite increasing bandwidth.
Source: TechValidate and Zscaler. “Challenges with Office 365 Deployment” Survey. Q1 2017.
To route traffic locally and police bandwidth, you could deploy next-generation firewalls or UTM appliances in every location. But this approach is expensive, difficult for you to manage, and your user experience still suffers. Appliances simply are not designed for window shaping, and will drop packets and interrupt video streaming during contention.
It is time to move your security and controls to the cloud. By implementing Zscaler Cloud Firewall and Bandwidth Control, both part of the Zscaler Cloud Security Platform — you can route traffic locally to the internet, provide the same level of protection for all users, across all locations, and enforce bandwidth management policies to prioritize critical business applications over other traffic.Read the Datasheet
Office 365 now prevails, not YouTube. Before Zscaler, YouTube accounted for this customer’s largest consumption of bandwidth. With easy-to-use Zscaler bandwidth controls, the company was able to reserve 40 percent of its bandwidth specifically for Office 365, while capping YouTube, as shown in this bandwidth report.