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Efficiency is the reward with SD ECDNs

Every business wants to cut costs and improve efficiency, but sometimes the two intersect and leave the company with a mess on their hands. Not every department can reduce their budget and staff, but also increase the amount of work done. With the number of applications that video offers and the practices it enhances, switching to an enterprise content delivery network can help an IT department trim it’s size and budget, while increasing performance at the same time.

Agility in the workforce
Maintaining a network of servers requires all hands to be on deck for big corporations. These companies often have large IT departments to deal with common dilemmas like connectivity issues, wiring problems and basic technology-based maintenance.

Moving a company’s resources and applications to an ECDN offers a range of benefits, which include a better functioning intranet and the ability to introduce different types of applications as tools in the office. There are two that stand out, though.

“Software-defined allows for full utilization of resources, more automation and the ability to purchase lower-cost hardware,” David Coyle, managing vice president at Gartner, a research firm, said to Baseline.

“An ECDN boosts IT agility and office application efficiency by moving video streaming to the cloud.”

The automation software-defined technology offers can serve two-fold. Employees are able to spend more time elsewhere, and companies that need to make cuts in the department are able to because of the lack of problems that will surface in the future from the on-site servers.

In a normal network model, employees will download an internal video to watch, which sends a request to the system. Most systems aren’t created to properly handle a large number of video requests, as well as the same amount of text traffic that consistently flows through. Using an ECDN separates the request and moves it to a proxy—a technological middleman.

Companies that want to host video content for employees to view need to alleviate pressure on the system or they will end up paying the price through man hours to try and fix stuttered and buffered video use, and the network components that will be bought to upgrade the system. By outsourcing hosting of internal video, the company will benefit from clean and fluid video use, as well as an improved WAN.

Save money
The bottom line every company wants to hear is, “How will it save us money?” It’s a reasonable question, especially when it will be paying for a service that supposedly could be done in-house. The issue is, that it just can’t. Increasing use of video applications have rendered many networks incapable of handling large files being transferred, stored and accessed simultaneously throughout the day.

By virtualizing a network, companies remove the overhead that accompanies on-site networks, according to Server Watch. Hundreds of wires intertwine to create a network that provides constant access, but the thing is that these networks are providing communication methods and applications as well as videos.  There’s a reason many people will wait to be on Wi-Fi to watch a video. If you look at your bill after watching just a minute-long segment from the news, the use of data will have skyrocketed. The simple fact is that video takes up more resources than most applications do.

Man holding a deviceSwitching the network to an ECDN supports video as an application in the office.

This means that the more video becomes involved with daily operations in the work place, like live streaming news conferences by corporate, watching training videos or collaborating by streaming computer screens, the less bandwidth will be available on the network. By moving video to an ECDN, a company frees up the on-site servers to just handle in-house applications and communication. Companies that bought a large number of network components to account for video usage can now get rid of most of them because the remaining actions being conducted on the company intranet just simply won’t stress the network that much.

By avoiding unnecessary network upgrades, companies actually make money by switching to an ECDN. Software-defined technologies are one of the few solutions in the market that offer an outstanding, beneficial service to a company that at the same time helps boost the entire efficiency of the office and cuts costs.

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