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IT Departments Prepare for March Madness Headaches

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | more than 2 years ago

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "The NCAA Basketball Tournament, commonly referred to as “March Madness”, is an exciting time for many, but not for IT Professionals charged with managing corporate networks.

As fans try to watch games in real-time online while at work, the high consumption of bandwidth sucked up by streaming video can put significant stress on network routers, firewalls and other appliances and slow down corporate Internet access to a crawl.

According to the results of recent survey of 500 IT professionals, 42 percent said March Madness historically has impacted their network. Of those affected, 37 percent said their networks have slowed down, while 34 percent report March Madness activity has essentially shut down their networks at some point.

So how do companies deal with the “madness” on their networks? According to the survey, 65 percent of respondents report their department takes action to slow or block streaming video. Additionally, 82 percent said they block streaming content primarily to maintain a stable office IT network, while 71 percent do it to remove any distractions in the workplace.

Almost half (45 percent) said their company offers employees an alternate location to watch games. If you are in charge of maintaining your corporate networks, how do you plan on handling the Madness?"

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