Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Riverbed: Olympic Games Could Strain Enterprise Networks

The majority of global enterprise network managers expect to be monitoring performance trends next week as the summer Olympics are underway in Brazil, according to a survey of 403 companies commissioned by Riverbed.

The survey found that network managers are wary of employees accessing Olympic video content during business hours, potentially impacting the performance of mission-critical applications.

Riverbed said 85% of surveyed companies reported that they were likely to more closely monitor the performance of their applications and networks, including Wi-Fi, specifically because of potential strain due to employees accessing Olympic content, with 42% of these same companies being very likely to monitor more closely. Only 2% stated that they were very unlikely to monitor any differently during this the Olympics.

"As athletes prepare for the games, IT organizations need to prepare for the significant increase in network traffic that will occur as a result of employees accessing and streaming online content and applications, and the related increase in volatility of that network demand,” said Mike Sargent, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelCentral at Riverbed.