Matrix Madness: Preparing Your Network for the NCAA Tournament

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Bandwidth band-aid?

There are two solutions: companies can purchase more bandwidth before March Madness (or other known high-interest events) or companies can use what they have more effectively through application performance guarantee solutions, which control and dynamically guarantee critical applications performance across networks.

Adding more bandwidth is not an efficient or cost-effective solution, as more bandwidth is rarely enough to solve the problem, at least in the long term. Non-critical business applications are bandwidth hungry and the more bandwidth you have, the more bandwidth they consume. They systematically cannibalize critical application performance, and the added resources will never guarantee critical application performances.

Application traffic tries to use up all the available bandwidth. Simply increasing it is like filling a bottomless pit: expensive and never enough to satisfy the ever-growing usage demands. The additional traffic may also hinder the performance of the business critical and often resource-thrifty applications.

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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