By Sean Barry
The World Cup has been over for more than a week, but the effects of it are still being felt around the business world. Productivity undoubtedly decreased for many businesses, as a recent Ipswitch survey collected by WhatsUp Gold’s World Cup Network Traffic Calculator revealed an average increase of 81% in bandwidth usage during the tournament with over 1,200 responses.
Many European nations saw increases in bandwidth in excess of 90%, including Spain with 95%, the Netherlands with 97%, and the UK with 95%. At the same time, South Africa had to cope with network bandwidth maxing out at 100%. These results greatly exceeded many network managers’ predictions. Even the US experienced bandwidth use up to 77% of capacity during important matches.
Unfortunately, what cannot be quantified is the lost business experienced by many due to compromised operations because of the increase in network traffic. The repercussions of such surges almost resulted in the collapse the UK web-based streaming provider ITV. Because all games were streaming online, numerous businesses encountered network disruption and issues with connectivity as employees around the world followed the World Cup games from their desktop. These issues included constrained WAN connectivity and heightened security risks like viruses, Spyware and other Malware attacks, as more and more people were visiting untrusted sites rather than official broadcasts.
While this kind of network disruption is never ideal, it is fortunate that the World Cup took place during the non-peak business months of the summer. However, the unexpected increase in bandwidth across-the-board exposes the vulnerability that exists year-round for many networks.
A tool like the WhatsUp Gold Flow Monitor can insulate your network from vulnerability, by tracking and alerting you to any unexpected spikes in bandwidth use by users, hosts, and applications and allowing you to resolve congestion to ensure critical business applications get the bandwidth they need.
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