February 14, 2012

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Networking adjustments key to supporting enterprise video strategies

The consumerization of IT is pushing many employees to find ways to get their jobs done using the tools that they enjoy in their personal lives. In the enterprise sector, this is leading to a new wave of video content for a variety of purposes.

Video has the potential to completely revolutionize the way businesses communicate internally, supporting everything from training initiatives to streamed broadcasts from management. The problem is that most business networks are not designed to handle just any form of video content.

Traditionally, workers used the network to access data, applications and other similar services. If the system dropped a data packet or experienced latency, it meant the employee needed to wait a few seconds or perhaps refresh a page to get to the information needed.

In the case of enterprise video delivery, latency and dropped data packets can cause an operational failure, making the content unwatchable until the network catches up.

This kind of performance disruption, which most networks are designed to allow, can completely derail business streaming services. In response, organizations need to upgrade their infrastructure with enterprise content delivery network systems and other similar solutions designed specifically for video.