Matrix Madness: Preparing Your Network for the NCAA Tournament

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Managing traffic

If we think of networks as roads, and applications as cars, an application performance guarantee solution serves as a traffic cop. It can direct apps into appropriate queues, slow apps that are less critical to the business (YouTube, for instance) and prioritize those that the business depends on (such as Salesforce or SAP). This allows vehicles to get to their destination in a timely, secure fashion – regardless of the amount of traffic on the 'road.'

As March Madness is about to get underway, it serves as a prime example of the need for application performance guarantee solutions. These technologies will continue to grow, helping enterprises to face Internet traffic growth challenges in an easy and user-friendly way by authorizing Internet and video traffic, while ensuring business applications perform at their best and that IT costs remain reasonable.

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.


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