By the time a network manager at a Midwestern U.S. non-profit organization called us for help, his 5 year-old wireless infrastructure was buckling under BYOD. Employees trying to work during lunch were complaining that their applications were slowing or even failing to operate.

AirBender-BYODHe suspected the people who were trying to work were being affected by others listening to Pandora or watching YouTube from their personal devices while having lunch. But he just didn’t the ability have to confirm it. If he couldn’t control the use of wireless bandwidth he’d have to start paying his ISP a lot more money just to keep up.

An Ipswitch sales engineer listened to his story and suggested WhatsUp Gold to monitor his network, and Flow Monitor to analyze and manage network traffic and bandwidth utilization. Less than a day after downloading the products, a sysadmin on the network manager’s team shared a graph that showed midday spikes in wireless bandwidth consumption.

The sysadmin had used WhatsUp Gold to create and enforce BYOD and wireless network policies. The product’s wireless bandwidth consumption monitor automatically alerted her if usage exceeded a certain threshold. Once alerted, it only took a few minutes to determine who was eating both their lunch and wireless bandwidth.

Later that afternoon the two reviewed an Ipswitch log manager tool to access activity during lunchtime. It showed not only identified the worst offenders, but also their wireless bandwidth-hungry sites. A quiet word with the music and video fans reduced the spikes substantially. An email to all employees that covered the organization’s wireless bandwidth policy further smoothed out the midday data crush and nixed the need to write a bigger check to the ISP.

If you need to tame the BYOD beast and the wireless bandwidth it devours, join our webinar entitled “Tips for Taming BYOD, Access Points and Bandwidth Abuse” tomorrow, November 19, at 8am US ET and 12pm US ET (a replay will be available afterwards).

 

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The name of the tournament speaks a lot to just how huge the World Cup is in the scheme of worldwide sporting events. The hype and anticipation around the tournament has been steadily growing since the groups were selected back in December. It has received coverage everywhere from local newspapers to espn.com. Videos and commercials have gone viral in a matter of hours as they are played over and over again on Youtube. And now here we are,  less than 24 hours away from kick-off.

It’s no surprise that a tournament of this magnitude, that only comes around every four years, were to receive so much hype. Here at Ipswitch, though, we were more concerned with the effect the World Cup was going to have on the performance of networks in regards to companies’ bandwidth consumption jumping as tournament games are streamed live during work hours.

It was our hunch that companies could expect a spike in their bandwidth usage do to live streaming of World Cup games, specifically in Europe and other countries with competing teams. We tested our theory with the creation of our Network Traffic Calculator, and after weeks of collecting data from uses of the calculator, we are happy to report that our expectations are right in line with those of network managers. We collected over 1000 responses through the calculator, and some of our key findings were as follows:

  • Bandwidth use is expected to increase by 38.85% in participating World Cup Nations to 86.89% during matches
  • In Europe the figure is expected to double, from 40.25% current average bandwidth use, to 78.67% during key match times
  • In the UK, despite the culture for some businesses to close during England matches, bandwidth use is still expected to increase by 30.79% to 71.85% of total capacity.
  • In host nation South Africa, IT Managers are bracing themselves for network bandwidth to be completely maxed out to 100% from a base average of 58% during a typical working day.
  • Despite not being typically thought of as a football watching nation, the US is somewhat surprisingly expecting bandwidth use to rise to over 80% during some key matches
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The World Cup is just three short weeks away. But before you prepare your wardrobe for the month of matches (get those jerseys laundered will you??) we suggest preparing your network for the event.

Now, you may be saying “Huh? What are you talking about; why should I be thinking about my network when I have my team to worry about?”

You should be thinking about your network because you are most definitely not the only one in your office who has their team on their mind.

According to a study by IDC Research, the average organization wastes between 30% and 40% of its network bandwidth to non-work related online activities. Just imagine the spike the in that percentage once the World Cup gets underway!

The 2010 World Cup is the first in the history of the tournament where every game will be streamed online live. You can bet video streaming sites such as YouTube, BBC iPlayer and other BitTorrent video sites will be used to their full potential during these games.

And while it’s nice that your co-workers will never have miss a game at work, you can bet your job will be made more hectic than ever, reacting to bandwidth chokes  from the extra usage – or even worse – complete outages.

 

Happy Birthday YouTube!

Did you know that while the online video giant’s official birthday is February 14, 2005, it was exactly five years ago today that the very first video was uploaded? Well if you didn’t, now you do.

The video was titled “Me at the Zoo,” shot by Yakov Lapitsky. It was just 19 seconds long and featured one of YouTube’s founders, Jawed Karim, at the San Diego Zoo . . . and it marked the beginning of a new way to share and view video online.

As a business, Ipswitch, Inc. has come to rely heavily on YouTube to help distribute content – from tutorial videos to viral videos – about our WhatsUp Gold product.

If you haven’t already, check out our library of video on the IpswitchWhatsUpGold Channel. You’ll find an extensive list of tutorial videos walking you through nearly every aspect of our product.

As always, we rely on your feedback to make all aspects of WhatsUp Gold the best IT management solution  we can – so if you have an opinion, don’t hold back and comment here!