Protecting the Corporate Network, Apps From the Rio Olympics

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-08-05

For the next couple of weeks, more than 10,000 athletes from 194 countries will competing in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and millions of people around the globe will be watching them. Many will be doing their watching online while working, putting enormous strains on their companies' networks and possibly hindering the performance of business applications. "Bosses may not like to hear it, but employees are aware of record-breaking swims and dazzling acrobatics happening, even as they work," Mason Coffman, content marketing manager for WAN optimization vendor Riverbed Technology, wrote in a post on the company blog. "And livestreams are just a click away. Every four years, network administrators are faced with a question: how will networks handle this surge in traffic?" In a survey in July of 403 IT professionals worldwide, Riverbed said most respondents had run into issues with network performance due to employees streaming high-profile events, and the vast majority of respondents said they will more closely monitor the performance of their networks and applications during the Olympics, which officially kicks off Aug. 5 with the opening ceremonies. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the results of the survey, and recommended steps from Riverbed for alleviating strains on the network.


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