Companies to guard against becoming Olympic drop-outs

Companies to guard against becoming Olympic drop-outs

Summary: Back in April, I looked at the issues surrounding network infrastructure ahead of the Olympic Games and all the pressure they will bring to corporations in and around London in particular.A response from fellow blogger J Watson pointed out that he has personally witnessed network traffic in large corporations increase by as much as 50-100% during an event like the Olympics.

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Back in April, I looked at the issues surrounding network infrastructure ahead of the Olympic Games and all the pressure they will bring to corporations in and around London in particular.

A response from fellow blogger J Watson pointed out that he has personally witnessed network traffic in large corporations increase by as much as 50-100% during an event like the Olympics. He explained that this wasn’t just caused by an increase in business network usage and employees checking the news and results, but also by their watching live video of the games.

The speed of mobile data connections certainly may slow down and content such as files and images may be difficult to download to mobile devices – the very devices that homeworkers rely on. But on top of enabling employees to work at home, enterprises could face strain on their network because of people watching the Olympics online. And employees will go online to track their favourite events during business hours.

Business continuity is a prized asset of any business and it’s not too late to take management action to guard against disruption to our internal systems.

With the right infrastructure, IT departments can guard against this by controlling applications as they flow across the network. They can see how applications are moving, who is using them and for what purpose, and then prioritise applications accordingly. They should look to minimise non-productive bandwidth-hungry applications such as live TV/video feeds so to lighten the load.

But how about the internet as a whole? Internet outages could be costly to organisations. If an outage lasts several hours, the monetary impact can be quite significant. In fact, IDC recently estimated the cost of an 11-hour IT outage at around £600,000.

The Government has been very quick to put out warnings of possible internet outages in its “Preparing your business for the Games” document issued earlier this year. And the Cabinet Office and the London Games organising committee has advised businesses that “due to an increased number of people accessing the internet” during this summer's Games that “internet services may be slower” or “in very severe cases there may be drop outs”.

This is why enterprises should look carefully at their infrastructure and its ability to support remote working effectively, and make sure they have a system in place to be able to cope. If necessary, by considering which business-critical applications will be affected by limited bandwidth as employees both in the office and at home compete with channels such as YouTube and BBC iPlayer for internet resources.

Topic: Emerging Tech

Manish Sablok

About Manish Sablok

Manish Sablok is Head of Marketing, North Europe for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. Manish has a key role in defining go-to-market messaging for customer service, network infrastructure and unified communications product suites in the Northern Europe region. Manish has previously produced articles and white papers on subjects including the importance of Customer Effort in the drive for loyalty, the importance of an Application Fluent Network in establishing an effective multi-channel communications infrastructure and how organisations can move away from single-vendor tie-in to realise greater business benefits.

Manish has been at Alcatel-Lucent for seven years, and before his appointment for the new Enterprise group he was Solutions Marketing Director for Unified Communications (UC) with a worldwide remit. Manish Sablok has a strong background in communications infrastructure, having been at Avaya for five years as Product Marketing Manager for South Asia and before that was Global Account and Channel Sales Manager at Siemens.

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