Video is and will become even more critical to your organization. You only have to look at some of the stats to tell that video is a huge and growing part of business today:
- Globally IP video traffic will be 82 percent of all consumer traffic by 2020
- 55% of people watch videos online everyday link
- 54% of senior executives share work related videos with colleagues link
- Almost 50% of internet users look for videos related to a product or service link
Whether you need video-on-demand or live, your network infrastructure needs to be robust enough to handle this new medium, in addition to mission-critical applications. Sadly, many IT departments are being caught on the back foot when it comes to being prepared. Delivery can be poor, user experience suffers, and employees become frustrated and disengaged.
The best way to meet these challenges without unpredictable budgeting and capital expenditures is to consider an ‘enterprise content delivery network’ (eCDN).
Taking away the jargon this is a method for ‘onsite office streaming’ or ‘behind the firewall video delivery’ (i.e., eCDN). This type of setup allows the enterprise to stream video in local offices without clogging the network. Keeping the valuable video assets local to the internal LAN. This includes any mobile devices on-site that are connected to the office’s LAN.
Livestreams of events, including webcasts, can be broadcast across the network, to any device, including mobile.
Imagine employees being able to watch training videos on their Android and iPhones, as well as iPads, at the office, without impacting the WiFi connection for the overall office. So much value can be derived from leveraging multimedia that, rather than blocking it, enterprises should embrace and regulate it to meet their needs.
This is the future your network is facing. What would happen if each employee in your office watched 2 hours of video this month? Can your network handle a live webcast to all employees within your office?
These are but a few questions to consider when putting together a strategy for an online video platform and enterprise content delivery network in today’s office environment.