The vast majority of companies, 85 per cent, 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 per cent of these same companies being very likely to monitor more closely. Only two per cent stated that they were very unlikely to monitor any differently during this the Olympics.
‘As athletes prepare for the games, IT organisations 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. ‘It is crucial for companies to shine a spotlight on the current and anticipated end-to-end performance of business critical applications, especially during major events such as the Olympics. Riverbed delivers that spotlight with our SteelCentral solutions – which provides visibility from the end user device, across the networks, the cloud, the infrastructure, and the apps to help assure great App performance in times of high and volatile network demand.’
Companies expected employees to access Olympic content using the company’s networks, including Wi-Fi, most frequently via their desktops and laptops (48 per cent); followed by smartphones (34 per cent); and then tablets or other non-smartphone devices (18 per cent). At 44 per cent, Brazil was the only country surveyed that believed by a slight margin that most of its employees would access Olympics games coverage at work more from smartphones than desktop or laptop computers, tablets or other non-smartphone devices.
Tips from Riverbed on how companies can alleviate strain on their networks:
- Team spirit is not just for the athletes competing in the Olympics: Bring siloed IT teams together to plan for any high-priority network events during this time.
- Prioritise and optimise company network traffic while reserving bandwidth for business critical applications.
- Implement real-time end-to-end monitoring for visibility into network and applications.
- Distinguish between company assets and BYOD. Allowing BYOD doesn’t mean that employees can bring any device of their choice and be given unmitigated access to the corporate network.
- Provide employees TVs for viewing in common areas to ease load on network.