March Madness no slam dunk for networks


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March Madness is in full swing with just sixteen teams still vying to be the best in college basketball. That means that the worst is over for business networks as many of the early games in the round of 64 were during business hours. With streaming of all games online easier than ever to find, that’s a key source of potentially crippling traffic in the workplace.

Riverbed conducted a survey of the madness in IT infrastructure and found that IT professionals are not unprepared. With 500+ respondents in the survey, 75% agreed that March Madness put a strain on their company’s network. In bigger companies with more than 500 employes, that number jumped to 86%.

This is based on clear memories of past challenges. 64% said that they had experienced issues in the past with popular streaming events.

Popular responses to the challenges of overwhelming streaming include deprioritizing apps/video related to the March Madness content and prioritizing business critical apps. Another common response is to block the content like a big man on a point guard in the paint. Rejected.

Other companies’ game plans include distinguishing between company assets and BYODs. Just because an employee bring in their own device doesn’t mean they get unmitigated access to the corporate network.

Whether your team is still in the dance or not, big time streaming events will continue to impact networks with madness. What’s your plan?

Keep in mind that if you have Uplogix managing your network infrastructure, you can take management traffic out-of-route, ensuring that you can always reach your gear when you need it most. That’s good news in any month.

Check out this flashback to March Madness of years past with the Sweet Sixteen of Uplogix Custom Rules.






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