February 5, 2016


Device ownership will drive network stress

A couple of years ago, companies needed to bolster their network to account for the massive rise in technology at the workplace. Phones became the new PDAs, but the increased Internet accessibility that came with them gave IT departments and CIOs headaches everywhere.

Welcome to the next trend in workplace technology – the device.

Breaking down the numbers
The Pew Research Center recently revealed a number of statistics about device ownership. This includes tablets, computers and smartphones. According to their research, 36 percent of Americans own all three.

This means that a company’s network now has to account for simultaneous Internet accessibility across multiple devices for just one person. In one instance, an employee could be working on their laptop, while watching a news announcement from the CEO on their phone, and researching from their tablet. This means bandwidth is becoming more scarce by the day. The report also highlighted a number of statistics that reveal how prevalent use of all three devices is in the workplace:

  • 41 percent of 18 to 29 year olds own all three devices.
  • The same goes for 51 percent of 30 to 49 year olds.
  • 32 percent of people making $30,000 to $74,999 own all three devices.
  • 60 percent of those making more than $75,000 have all three.

These numbers show that a large portion of the current workforce now has access to all three of the major technological gadgets, and their personal use will soon blossom to a full blown transition into their office work.

How can you account for it?
Video is becoming incredibly popular, and the abundance of mediums to access it will become more prevalent in corporate settings. Networks will have to take on the added stress of videos consistently being downloaded via the WAN, while they still maintain 100 percent uptime for vital office tools, like proprietary software.

Enterprise content delivery networks can help ease the stress a network faces daily by rerouting video downloads from the network through the ECDN. This takes the massive files off of the network’s hands and allows it to function normally. IT won’t have to worry about it crashing due to the inclusion of video in the office.

Incorporating a SD ECDN in the office opens up a plethora of options for companies that allow employees to use all three devices at work. The ease of accessibility for both the network and the gadgets will ultimately help promote a better mood for the office as employees will be able to step away from their desk to use their tablets for tasks that normally could only be done over their computer.

As companies grow larger, the need for a reliable network will increase exponentially to be able to withstand the strain put on it with the growing number of executive announcements done through video. By internally streaming these company press conferences, businesses are able to accomplish two things:

  • Cut out the cost needed to rent a room to make a company-wide announcement.
  • Account for the growing population of telecommuters, and provide them the same access to news videos that employees are afforded.

This is a difficult task to undertake the way many networks are currently set up. A SD ECDN improves the process by caching the news video on the network so that it won’t have to be downloaded multiple times, which uses precious bandwidth. Companies save money by moving a time and resource consuming process to the Internet, and in turn improve the reliability of these videos.

Another way in which a SD ECDN helps companies withstand the pressure being put on their network with the prevalence of all three devices in the workplace is with onboarding. Training videos are being put on intranets at an increased rate, because they have become a reliable way to ensure consistent corporate education.

SD ECDNs cache these onboarding videos and divert network traffic so that normal office functions can continue, no matter how many employees are being trained at the current time. This opens up the ability for employees to use their tablets or smartphones to watch these videos at their own discretion and with no lag or buffering.

All three major technological gadgets are quickly becoming ubiquitous in the corporate setting – is your network prepared for it?