There’s no doubt that video is the fastest rising class of traffic on the Internet. What is in doubt is the business value of all that traffic. Video traffic consumes a huge amount of bandwidth that can significantly affect the performance of corporate applications all across the network.
A new survey of over 200 people working at different companies, conducted by the market research firm Harris Interactive on behalf of Blue Coat Networks, a provider of WAN optimization tools, finds that a significant percentage of the video viewed at work has nothing to do with business. As the average person becomes more exposed to video on the Internet, the percentage of non-business related video on the corporate network is only going to increase, thereby creating a significant issue for both the internal IT department and the folks in human resources.
Click through for results from a survey on employee video viewing habits at work, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Blue Coat Systems.
Video is taking up a much higher percentage.
Over time, this will only increase.
Video can be a major distraction.
Right up there with infomercials.
Business-related videos narrowly lead news casts.
All it takes is a couple of simultaneous video streams to choke the WAN.
Same holds true for even a T1 connection.