Matrix Madness: Preparing Your Network for the NCAA Tournament

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It's not size, it's sophistication

The answer lies in having solutions that allow an IT department to control applications as they flow across the network.

Not deploying an application performance guarantee solution implies uncertain business application performance and control that may involve loss of productivity and end-user complaints – enterprises carry on running IT in a reactive mode that is neither optimal for the business nor satisfying for the IT department. Business applications continue to suffer from bad and/or unstable performance while the network is still over-sized. Unsatisfied users and business managers continue to complain. The WAN is unnecessarily upgraded without solving application performance and end users experience troubles.

Every March, college basketball enthusiasts around the country rejoice for the NCAA's annual tournament pitting the nation's best 68 teams against each other. CBS broadcasts the month-long, single-elimination tournament online and each year sets a new record for live-streaming – mostly from office employees during the workday. For companies and IT managers, however, March Madness is not a reason to rejoice, but instead for rancor, as they are forced to cope with a decline in workplace productivity and severe strains on the network.

The bandwidth capabilities of company networks will be pressured as many dedicated fans stream the tournament from their office computers throughout the week. U.S. businesses anticipate a spike in demand for network resources during March Madness; data centers, wide and local area networks must prepare, lest they risk the performance of business critical applications. David White, president of Americas for Ipanema Technologies, takes a closer look at what businesses can do to prepare for March Madness.

 

Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

 
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