By Erin Hayes
The World Cup is just three short weeks away. But before you prepare your wardrobe for the month of matches (get those jerseys laundered will you??) we suggest preparing your network for the event.
Now, you may be saying “Huh? What are you talking about; why should I be thinking about my network when I have my team to worry about?”
You should be thinking about your network because you are most definitely not the only one in your office who has their team on their mind.
According to a study by IDC Research, the average organization wastes between 30% and 40% of its network bandwidth to non-work related online activities. Just imagine the spike the in that percentage once the World Cup gets underway!
The 2010 World Cup is the first in the history of the tournament where every game will be streamed online live. You can bet video streaming sites such as YouTube, BBC iPlayer and other BitTorrent video sites will be used to their full potential during these games.
And while it’s nice that your co-workers will never have miss a game at work, you can bet your job will be made more hectic than ever, reacting to bandwidth chokes from the extra usage – or even worse – complete outages.
Check out our Network Traffic Calculator to gain a better idea of your current bandwidth data – and then check out our Flow Monitor plug-in and start preventing bandwidth problems before they ruin your day!