Do I need to invest in symmetric DSL?

How Sinefa can help you make better investment choices

Businesses are often drawn to invest in symmetric DSL broadband connections offered by their service providers. Symmetric broadband offers the same speed in both directions, so businesses can benefit from a download rate that equals the upload speed. Of course, in data hungry organisations, this can be an advantage, but such links are costly and often come with lengthy service contracts. 

However, before investing in such links, it’s worth checking to see if they are really necessary. Sinefa provides an easy way to perform such checks – and a cost effective means to determine investment decisions. It provides clear visibility of network traffic, which allows you to see what’s really happening and what you are actually consuming.

We’ve extracted data from our NUI research which demonstrates that, in fact, in most businesses data traffic remains asymmetric – that is, there is more data being downloaded than is sent. Figure 1 highlights this, with data captured over a recent three-week period.

 Figure 1: Inbound vs. Outbound Data Traffic.

Figure 1: Inbound vs. Outbound Data Traffic.

As can be seen, symmetric links would not necessarily provide benefits to most businesses because they simply don’t need them. It’s worth performing an audit of your data traffic and link activity before you decide whether to invest in a costly symmetric link. While they may bring many benefits, these benefits will not be obvious to most. 

Why not use Sinefa to understand what you really need and to provide better information regarding investment decisions? Get the facts and then decide what you really need. Of course, this also benefits providers of connectivity and managed services, because you can give better advice to your customers and ensure that they secure the package that’s best for their needs, building loyalty and creating lasting partnerships.


It's about time network visibility and control was made this simple.