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By David Seuss

By the time a network manager at a Midwestern U.S. non-profit organization called us for help, his 5 year-old wireless infrastructure was buckling under BYOD. Employees trying to work during lunch were complaining that their applications were slowing or even failing to operate.

AirBender-BYODHe suspected the people who were trying to work were being affected by others listening to Pandora or watching YouTube from their personal devices while having lunch. But he just didn’t the ability have to confirm it. If he couldn’t control the use of wireless bandwidth he’d have to start paying his ISP a lot more money just to keep up.

An Ipswitch sales engineer listened to his story and suggested WhatsUp Gold to monitor his network, and Flow Monitor to analyze and manage network traffic and bandwidth utilization. Less than a day after downloading the products, a sysadmin on the network manager’s team shared a graph that showed midday spikes in wireless bandwidth consumption.

The sysadmin had used WhatsUp Gold to create and enforce BYOD and wireless network policies. The product’s wireless bandwidth consumption monitor automatically alerted her if usage exceeded a certain threshold. Once alerted, it only took a few minutes to determine who was eating both their lunch and wireless bandwidth.

Later that afternoon the two reviewed an Ipswitch log manager tool to access activity during lunchtime. It showed not only identified the worst offenders, but also their wireless bandwidth-hungry sites. A quiet word with the music and video fans reduced the spikes substantially. An email to all employees that covered the organization’s wireless bandwidth policy further smoothed out the midday data crush and nixed the need to write a bigger check to the ISP.

If you need to tame the BYOD beast and the wireless bandwidth it devours, join our webinar entitled “Tips for Taming BYOD, Access Points and Bandwidth Abuse” tomorrow, November 19, at 8am US ET and 12pm US ET (a replay will be available afterwards).

 

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By basciolla

Do you use WhatsUp Gold? Do you love WhatsUp Gold? If so, then show us the love! We want to hear your stories and then we want to see them in video.  But don’t worry, because we’ll take care of the video part; just provide us with the idea. Visit our YouTube LUV2WUG channel to see other ninja videos that have come to life!

The video with the most votes from each major region around the world will win an iPad with the help of our WUG Ninja Nation panel.

Join the WUG Ninja nation and tell us why you LUV2WUG.

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By Sean Barry

The name of the tournament speaks a lot to just how huge the World Cup is in the scheme of worldwide sporting events. The hype and anticipation around the tournament has been steadily growing since the groups were selected back in December. It has received coverage everywhere from local newspapers to espn.com. Videos and commercials have gone viral in a matter of hours as they are played over and over again on Youtube. And now here we are,  less than 24 hours away from kick-off.

It’s no surprise that a tournament of this magnitude, that only comes around every four years, were to receive so much hype. Here at Ipswitch, though, we were more concerned with the effect the World Cup was going to have on the performance of networks in regards to companies’ bandwidth consumption jumping as tournament games are streamed live during work hours.

It was our hunch that companies could expect a spike in their bandwidth usage do to live streaming of World Cup games, specifically in Europe and other countries with competing teams. We tested our theory with the creation of our Network Traffic Calculator, and after weeks of collecting data from uses of the calculator, we are happy to report that our expectations are right in line with those of network managers. We collected over 1000 responses through the calculator, and some of our key findings were as follows:

  • Bandwidth use is expected to increase by 38.85% in participating World Cup Nations to 86.89% during matches
  • In Europe the figure is expected to double, from 40.25% current average bandwidth use, to 78.67% during key match times
  • In the UK, despite the culture for some businesses to close during England matches, bandwidth use is still expected to increase by 30.79% to 71.85% of total capacity.
  • In host nation South Africa, IT Managers are bracing themselves for network bandwidth to be completely maxed out to 100% from a base average of 58% during a typical working day.
  • Despite not being typically thought of as a football watching nation, the US is somewhat surprisingly expecting bandwidth use to rise to over 80% during some key matches

Check out the Network Traffic calculator for yourself and see what kind of spike in bandwidth usage your network can expect as the World Cup commences.

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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!

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By Erin Hayes

Happy Birthday YouTube!

Did you know that while the online video giant’s official birthday is February 14, 2005, it was exactly five years ago today that the very first video was uploaded? Well if you didn’t, now you do.

The video was titled “Me at the Zoo,” shot by Yakov Lapitsky. It was just 19 seconds long and featured one of YouTube’s founders, Jawed Karim, at the San Diego Zoo . . . and it marked the beginning of a new way to share and view video online.

As a business, Ipswitch, Inc. has come to rely heavily on YouTube to help distribute content – from tutorial videos to viral videos – about our WhatsUp Gold product.

If you haven’t already, check out our library of video on the IpswitchWhatsUpGold Channel. You’ll find an extensive list of tutorial videos walking you through nearly every aspect of our product.

As always, we rely on your feedback to make all aspects of WhatsUp Gold the best IT management solution  we can – so if you have an opinion, don’t hold back and comment here!

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By Erin Hayes

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet?  If not, we’ve made it a little bit easier with some gift ideas or maybe, just a present for yourself.

Roku HD-XR

Do you frequently watch streaming videos from Amazon, Netflix, MLB.TV, and other services?  If you do, the Roku HD-XR ($129.99) is an ideal product for you.  The RokU HD-XR is compact media player that streams high-definition content from these and other Internet services to your television.  Unfortunately, the player does not stream videos from YouTube, Hulu, and Vudu, but does offer its own channel store.

Jelfin Ball Mouse

Are you bored with your ordinary mouse?  Well, the Jelfin Mouse ($34.95) is here to solve that problem.  Ball-shaped and gel-covered, the Jelfin mouse is supposedly more comfortable than your typical mouse and comes in an array of colors.  It is compatible with both Windows and Mac and has a sensitivity of 1000 dpi.  And when things get hectic, this little mouse comes in handy with its stress ball-like design.

Kensington Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone

As more and more GPS apps become available on the iPhone, a sturdy cradle to mount your iPhone is certainly a necessity.  The Kensington Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone (starting at $29.95) is sturdy, easily rotated, and allows you to plug in your iPhone’s charger.  This cradle does not come equipped with the latest and greatest features (built-in charging and high-volume sound amplification), but it certainly provides a durable and simple mount.

Logitech Squeezebox Radio

The Logitech Squeezebox Radio ($199) is a compact digital music player designed for nearly any room in a house.  The Squeezebox Radio wirelessly streams your digital music library, Internet radio, and other online music services including Pandora and Slacker.  Additionally, this radio can be integrated with Facebook and Flickr allowing you to update your status or browse photos from any room in your home.

GBoard

In case you were wondering, yes this is a keyboard just for Gmail.  The Gboard ($19.99) provides Gmail users with all of the shortcuts they could ever need on a compact, color-coded, and easy-to-use keyboard.  If you are a heavy Gmail user, this unique keyboard will help speed up your email experience.


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By Erin Hayes

Hulu is Fast Approaching YouTube

hulu-logo1According to the latest report out of comScore VideoMetrix, Alec Baldwin and Eliza Dushku’s plot to eat Hulu viewers’ brains is meeting great success. In the month of February alone the video streaming site jumped two spots to become the fourth largest video site in the U.S., overtaking both Viacom and Microsoft in total viewers and video streams. It drew an audience of 34.7 million people who watched 332.5 million in January; that’s an astounding 42 percent increase in unique U.S. visitors and a 33 percent increase in streams. And Hulu is fast approaching the No. 3 video site Yahoo, which streamed 353.5 million streams in February. Fox Interactive (aka Myspace) was No. 2 with 462.6 million streams and YouTube was No. 1 with 5.3 billion streams.

Bigfoot Networks Launches Gaming Network Card

Is lag messing with your CoD kill streak? Well Bigfoot Networks in launching its second-generation bigfoot_networks_logogaming network card for PCs to help you overcome this common gaming frustration. The Austin, Texas-based company has partnered with game computer maker Alienware and accessory maker EVGA to distribute the Killer Xeno networking card with built-in support for voice chatting over the Internet. The product comes with more memory than its earlier device, allowing for much better Internet speed and a better gaming experience for multiplayer gamers. The Killer Xeno Pro will be available for $129.99 from both Alienware and EVGA in April. The Killer Xeno Ultra will be available for $179.99 in May.

Salesforce.com Integrates with Twitter

salesforce-logoSalesforce.com announced its plan today to integrate its Service Cloud customer-service platform with the social networking darling, Twitter. Salesforce CRM for Twitter, currently in beta, will come to the masses this summer at no addition charge for Service Cloud users. Service Cloud, launched in January, combines concepts like online customer communities, social networking, knowledge base information and making date from cloud services like Facebook and Twitter available to e-mail, phone and chat-based customer service reps.

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