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Free Network Traffic Calculator To Help Businesses Monitor World Cup Streaming Usage

Ipswitch : 27 May, 2010  (New Product)
With the FIFA 2010 World Cup set to be streamed live on the internet, Ipswitch has decided to provide a free tool to businesses to enable them to manage employees' use of the internet for non-work related viewing
Ipswitch's Network Management Division, developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative IT management solutions, has unveiled its World Cup Network Traffic Calculator. This innovative tool is designed to help IT managers predict and plan for the expected surge in non-work internet traffic in the workplace brought about by next month's FIFA World Cup.

The tool can be found at the WhatsUp Gold web site.

The 2010 World Cup will be the first in the history of the tournament where every game will be streamed online live, as well as being the first World Cup to offer high definition coverage of the tournament. In the UK, matters are further complicated by the majority of games taking place during normal office working hours.

As a result, service providers and employers are bracing themselves for potential network disruption and pressure on internet connectivity as consumers and staff turn to streaming video as a way to keep tabs on the sporting action. According to a recent survey from IDC, the average organisation loses between 30% and 40% of its network bandwidth to non-work related online activities.

"Your business depends on your network for successful operation. Users making use of video streaming services can put a considerable strain on companies' networks, resulting in bandwidth chokes and even outages, in addition to exposing them to security threats. Highly publicised events such as the World Cup can cost the company a considerable amount of money." said Azmi Jafarey, CIO of Ipswitch.

Using the World Cup Network Traffic Calculator, IT managers can plot the likely impact on network resources based on number of users, speed of internet connection, normal bandwidth use and country of origin. In addition, users that agree to share their email addresses will receive anonymous peer comparison results.

The precedent for online streaming of major sporting events was set with the 2008 Olympic Games. US broadcaster NBC opted to concentrate its live coverage online due to time zone constraints. As a result, NBCOlympics.com served up more than 1.2 billion pages and 72 million video streams during the 2008 Summer Games**, more than doubling the combined traffic to its site during the 2004 Summer Games in Athens and the 2006 Winter Games in Turin. Traffic to NBCOlympics.com peaked each day around noon as office workers checked in during the lunch hour.

While service providers struggle to maintain adequate access for all their customers, organisations face multiple problems during these artificial demand peaks within the LAN such as constrained WAN connectivity and heightened security risks created by users venturing to untrusted and unknown sites in search of video content not available from official broadcast streams.
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