Enterprise Networking: Google Apps, Facebook Devour Enterprise Network Bandwidth

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-03-30
 
 
 

Google Apps, Facebook Devour Enterprise Network Bandwidth

By Clint Boulton

Google Apps, Facebook Devour Enterprise Network Bandwidth

Application Usage and Risk Report

Palo Alto Networks looked at 750 applications used in nearly 350 companies from September 2009 through March 2010.

Application Usage and Risk Report

Demographics

Palo Alto Networks focused on retail, health care, professional services and other businesses in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific regions for this study. The study looked at how networks are being used, what applications are running on enterprise networks and the risks associated with the Web applications used in those businesses.

Demographics

Geographical Equity

Webmail, instant messaging, social networking and file sharing are all being used with equal consistency. No particular geography is different from another in terms of application usage.

Geographical Equity

Vertical Equity

Financial services, universities and health care all show similar usage patterns.

Vertical Equity

Rampant Use Isnt Always a Good Thing

Social networking applications such as Facebook may be a prerequisite for university life, but they pose risks in other industries with stringent data regulation.

Rampant Use Isnt Always a Good Thing

Instant Messaging

IM applications were detected in over 90 percent of the health care and financial services organizations.

Instant Messaging

Social Networks

Some 35 different social networking applications were detected.

Social Networks

File Sharing

Peer-to-peer and browser-based file-sharing applications were used with relatively high frequency in the financial services and health care industries.

File Sharing

Webmail

Led by Gmail, 26 browser-based e-mail clients were found in both financial services and health care industries.

Webmail

Where Does Your Corporate Bandwidth Go?

To these apps, according to Palo Alto Networks.

Where Does Your Corporate Bandwidth Go?

Rise of Google Apps

Palo Alto Networks identifies 22 Google applications in use, including Google Docs, Analytics, Calendar, Orkut, Gmail, Gtalk, Voice, YouTube, Picasa and Google Wave.

Rise of Google Apps

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