Get your network prepared for the World Cup 2010
WORLD CUP NETWORK CHALLENGE
With the World Cup start less than three weeks away local internet
service provider Internet Central is warning businesses to be prepared for the
potential problems they may incur when employees go online and watch World Cup matches
on work computers.
The BBC recently announced that it will be streaming all its football
matches live on the internet and although fans may welcome this, IT Managers
across the county will be getting a headache at the thought of it as this means
there could be massive demand on office networks and internet connection
between 2pm and 5pm when matches kick off.
Phill Thorley from Internet Central says: “Some businesses may find that
their systems are slowed significantly or even brought to a complete standstill
with the sudden surge in network traffic and bandwidth being taken up so that
business critical applications may not be able to run effectively. It also means people are not concentrating
on work and productivity may be affected too.
important therefore for businesses to ensure that they have the right
procedures in place so that business critical applications are given priority
on the network and more importantly that there is enough network capacity. Business
will of course also need a TV licence to watch Internet TV.
particularly important for businesses that have to send or download large files
or whose business may be running on site e-mail or web servers to think about
the potential problems and ensure they have effective measures in place. If too much bandwidth is used up watching the
World Cup these businesses may find servers become slow resulting in productivity
For the UK, Wednesday June 23 will probably
be the day when most businesses might incur a problem as this is the only day
when England’s early stage matches are during office hours.”
It is also vital that businesses establish
internet usage policies for employees as well as having the technical solutions
to enforce and monitor the policy. These solutions also have the benefit of
protecting the corporate network from malicious software, theft of confidential
customer data and inappropriate internet usage by employees.
adds: “Our advice is that companies should implement clear HR policies about
the use of the internet in company time and also ensure that their IT network
security is robust.
also need to think about a flexible system and ensuring that their use can
adapt to their needs. Many of our
customers are coming to us for the new breed of resilient and high capacity
Internet connectivity. While “broadband”
may suffice for home and small businesses, the new breed of fibre solutions
provide scalable connectivity solutions with a much higher Service Level
based connections are now offering circuits capable of providing speeds,
typically, of 100mb/s and beyond.