Get ahead of the Games – look at your network now

Get ahead of the Games – look at your network now

Summary: Businesses are being urged to allow some staff to work from home during this summer’s London Olympic Games, but an increased number of homeworkers – coupled with a surge in people going online to watch the Games – will undoubtedly have a massive impact on the internet.The Government has been quick to put out warnings of possible internet outages.

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Businesses are being urged to allow some staff to work from home during this summer’s London Olympic Games, but an increased number of homeworkers – coupled with a surge in people going online to watch the Games – will undoubtedly have a massive impact on the internet.

The Government has been quick to put out warnings of possible internet outages. What's more, the speed of mobile data connections may also slow down and content such as files and images may be difficult to download to mobile devices – the very devices that homeworkers rely on. That's why enterprises must look carefully at their infrastructure and its ability to support remote working effectively, and make sure they have a fabric that is able to cope.

Firstly, it is critical that your network, including the data centre, can accommodate and dynamically adapt to the increasingly demanding workload by building the model that Gartner calls “application fluency”.

Virtualisation can also be a major player here. It has revolutionised the way organisations run server applications in the data centre, and allows organisations to migrate dozens of servers from a physical environment to a virtual private cloud in order to boost business continuity, for example, or to support disaster recovery – which may prove critical over the summer.

But there is a flip side: virtualisation can also be a major culprit in putting additional stress on the network – networks that are already under immense pressure from growing numbers of real-time applications and mobile devices.

The answer to the problem lies in implementing an advanced ethernet fabric.

Network virtualisation enables the data centre switching network to route traffic based on the optimal path in the network, and can deliver a switching fabric with extremely low-latency. Equally important, a true data centre fabric will automatically adapt to VM (virtual machine) movement to relieve IT of the burden of manually provisioning the network.

This way, data centre networks can adapt to the higher bandwidth requirements of media-rich applications such as video while supporting server and desktop virtualisation, and take the next important steps in providing true application fluency across the network.

And it’s not just to keep ahead of the Games this year, but beyond – the need for any device, anywhere, anytime working isn’t going to go away after the Olympics.

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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  • This is an excellent, timely and important post. Businesses in particular need to be very careful about the additional load that will be placed on their network connections by employees not only frequently checking news and results, but also by watching live video of the games. I have direct experience with the overall network traffic in a very large organization increasing by as much as 50%-100% during such an event. If you are not prepared to either handle it or limit it, the result can be very severe.

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