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Nildram's World Cup Usage Warning

Posted: 09th Jun, 2006 By: MarkJ
The World Cup presents a serious risk to a business’ network performance, warns UK ISP Nildam. Large numbers of staff watching clips, downloading games or listening to live coverage over the Internet can cause a significant burden on bandwidth:

On any network, watching/downloading a two minute video clip for example, could take up about 50 per cent of a 2Mb connection and cause the network to slow down. Multiply this by additional members of staff watching/downloading this at the same time and bandwidth may be crippled for vital business communication causing a dramatic reduction in normal functionality.

Nildram recommends that businesses set ground rules over the World Cup period as staff will no doubt opt to keep up to date with news and matches as they happen, or during peak surfing times, such as over lunch.

Sean Stephenson, managing director, Nildram, comments, "The World Cup is a really exciting time and we want to embrace it with every medium we have at our disposal. However, for some small businesses, it could cause real problems for managing their IT and bandwidth.

Ultimately, it comes down to the most effective way of handling the situation, which may mean rules for staff over Internet use. If you would prefer not to ban this kind of activity, traffic management can be used to reduce the possibility of downtime or slowed connections. Another option to allow staff to keep up to date with the latest World Cup action would be to delegate one person to download footage or audio to share across the network to ensure not everyone is downloading large files at the same time. Simple steps like these can easily and effectively help ensure a happy workforce without adversely affecting network performance.

It will be interesting to see whether surfers in general use more of the Internet’s online content services to view the World Cup and what affect that will have.
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