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Making Streaming Work Behind the Firewall

5 Features Enabling Effective Networking for Video in the Enterprise

As the applications for streaming in the enterprise proliferate, IT departments face a growing challenge in implementing solutions capable of supporting burgeoning end-user demand. Usage of streaming in business is growing and is not likely to abate anytime soon.

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In a survey of 1,801 executives conducted by Wainhouse Research in the fourth quarter of 2016, 27% of companies represented in the survey report using live video for business communications 50 or more times annually – a rate of at least one live corporate event weekly.

This white paper details the five main things you should consider, and why, when developing your strategy for implementing and/or expanding your use of streaming solutions behind the corporate firewall.

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Video Network Security FAQ

This FAQ deals with the security mechanisms and policies of the Kollective SD ECDN.

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SD ECDN: How Does It Work?

See-through tubes with coding written on themThe Kollective Software Defined Enterprise Content Delivery Network (SD ECDN) is a robust infrastructure component for secure and efficient content delivery over large corporate networks.

It is a software-based network that orchestrates both an enterprise’s network infrastructure and its end-user devices into an adaptive, continuously optimizing, fully distributed content cache and delivery system. Its formation and operation are fully software-defined, providing the flexibility, agility and central control commonly afforded by software-defined systems. Download the Technical Brief to find out how to efficiently deliver video and software updates throughout your network. Recently updated with an example integration: Skype Meeting Broadcast.

SD ECDN: How Does It Work?

Man wearing sunglasses in a dark room holding money and a cigar looking like he's shoutingThe Kollective Software Defined Enterprise Content Delivery Network (SD ECDN) is a robust infrastructure component for secure and efficient content delivery over large corporate networks.

It is a software-based network that orchestrates both an enterprise’s network infrastructure and its end-user devices into an adaptive, continuously optimizing, fully distributed content cache and delivery system. Its formation and operation are fully software-defined, providing the flexibility, agility and central control commonly afforded by software-defined systems. Download the Technical Brief to find out how to efficiently deliver video and software updates throughout your network. Recently updated with an example integration: Skype Meeting Broadcast.

Stop making excuses for video implementation

There are a number of excuses you may tell yourself on a daily basis as a reason for resisting the urge to introduce video in a mass capacity on the network.

  • The extended bandwidth usage will crash the network.
  • It will slow down applications in the office.
  • It simply takes too much bandwidth to run.
  • The extra hardware necessary to accommodate it is expensive.

The list could quite literally go on forever, because of the underlying fact that people resist drastic change. It felt like a good idea when you upgraded the network to handle all the extra Internet usage around the office – you thought it would last forever. The unfortunate thing is, though, technology is changing rapidly, and last year’s model of something might as well be thrown in the same boat as the last five years’ models.

Video is being increasingly relied upon in offices around the world, and without a plan in place to support the extra stress it puts on the network, IT departments will be spending a lot of time with the servers.

An enterprise content delivery network can handle all of the stress that end users put on the network as they constantly use video as the primary means of internal communication. A SD ECDN is often the solution to the problem the excuse makes up.

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Crunch all the numbers you want – switching to ECDN is a good decision.

The network will crash

Great point. The network will crash if, say, 50 people try downloading the same news announcement on the company intranet at once. But not if that bandwidth is being rerouted through an ECDN. With an ECDN, the video file only needs to be downloaded once – then it is stored on the server.

So, for example, person A downloads the news announcement first. The file data is transferred through the ECDN to their computer. That data is now cached on the dedicated ECDN server, and it won’t need to be downloaded for person B through Z. It cuts out the middle man, which frees the network to do daily tasks it is used to completing without an added strain.

It takes too much bandwidth to run

This is true – video files take up a large amount of bandwidth. This can make it difficult to host onboarding videos on the company intranet, because a number of people could access them during peak performance times.

An ECDN frees up bandwidth to be used for other applications and tools. IT departments don’t need to worry about purchasing more bandwidth from local areas because of a lack of finite resources. They also shouldn’t fret about videos not showing in their best quality. When they are downloaded once, they are available for the end user through the network.

The company can’t support everything

That’s right – networks are limited in their capacity, and the more that is introduced to them the more they’ll be likely to falter. That’s why it becomes a smart idea to, in essence, “source” the video streaming through an ECDN so the network doesn’t have to touch it.

“SD ECDNs make it easier for companies to support their network.”

The simple fact is that video is far too important to just cross out of the equation. Millennials are drawn to its impact, and they already compose the largest workforce in the United States. This means that you need to pick and choose what exactly your network will support.

An ECDN allows you to move the data offsite through an external vendor so that it doesn’t interfere with applications and tools that have become wholly important to the average business day. This means you can incorporate it without having to spend extra time setting up wires to make it work.

Cyberthreats can come from anywhere and bring down the network

There were nearly 480 million leaked records in 2015, according to IT Governance – so yes, there is a cause for concern. SD ECDN’s are merely data processing networks that don’t exactly transfer sensitive data. This means you don’t need to leave your whole system vulnerable to attack because a vendor is helping you run files through your network.

By pushing the video files through an SD ECDN, the IT team has more time to spend fortifying the network and protecting it from cyberattacks.

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IT won’t have to worry about protecting information stored in the ECDN.

What’s the point of video if text can do the same thing

Email and news announcements made on the company intranet have the same effect as video, correct? They relay the message from one person to another – and it’s done without causing a headache for IT.

You couldn’t be further from the truth. By incorporating video, companies are able to show that they value the employee as a person. As an example, would you feel different if someone broke off a relationship with you through text, rather than in person? Video is as close as some people get to seeing an executive’s face – especially with the growing segment of telecommuters. Videos in internal communication allow employees to see that the company values the person, and that’s why they want them to see eye to eye.

The underlying fact is that video can be incorporated in a number of different ways:

  • News announcements
  • Onboarding
  • Introductions
  • On-demand video
  • Messages from HR
  • Training material

Making excuses as to why a company can’t introduce video on a broad scale is only prolonging the inevitable – times are changing, and your department is struggling to find a way to keep up with them. SD ECDNs make it easy on IT departments to make the leap into incorporating new technology.

Network admins can rely on Kollective

Business today looks very different than it did 10 years ago as technology has progressed considerably. Now, employees in an organization can share and receive larger, more complex files than they used to and expect transfers to be nearly instantaneous. Gone are the days of waiting for email attachments to upload and picture-heavy slideshow presentations slowing down a corporate network. Work demands have changed, and IT capabilities must continually evolve to keep up. For many network administrators, video has always presented a certain dilemma. While video conferencing and streaming are now staples of a modern corporate environment, video has always been considered a drag on network speed and reliability. However, thanks to software-defined, enterprise content delivery networks, administrators can rest assured that video proliferation will no longer ruin their days.

Enterprise networks have evolved beyond what any IT professional could have foreseen.

Meeting organizational need with existing infrastructure

Enterprise networks have evolved beyond what any single IT professional could have foreseen a few decades ago. Across industries and geographies, strong corporate networks are increasingly valuable for the daily transmission of business information. With the rise in YouTube video viewership, enterprise video solutions and constant file transfers, network administrators often struggle to ensure that networks satisfy organizational needs.

Fortunately, companies now offer cloud-based solutions that are software defined and do not require additional investment in hardware. Bringing immediate value to enterprise IT, companies like Kollective deploy enterprise content delivery network solutions that power millions of desktops and provide significant return on investment.

Network administrators can rely on Kollective software

Using intelligent network controllers hosted in the cloud, network administrators can ensure the consistent delivery of large files and video at their organizations. Kollective agents make this possible by creating a virtual map of the network to visualize its topology and performance. Based on the map, Kollective then creates a software-defined overlay network that allows administrators to manage applications for software delivery and live video broadcast.
Coding on a red background Managing a network doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

Essentially, the Kollective Controller grants network administrators complete authority over network performance. They can perform tasks such as calibrating polling frequency, bitrate levels and latency periods in a streamlined way using software. The solution automatically recongizes and accounts for sudden changes in network behavior in real-time. This ensures that bandwidth quality is never compromised. If, for example, network traffic suddenly becomes congested, the controller will reconfigure and designate alternate routes for the data to travel. Administrators will not have be bogged down with troubleshooting. Using a proprietary protocol known as KDP, specifically designed for distributed delivery, if the solution detects a slowdown when distributing large software files, it will manipulate download speeds to prevent network degradation.

Kollective tools are reliable and secure

One of the most important issues for all network administrators is security. That is why they can rely on Kollective – the company is SOC2 (formerly SAS70) certified and its tools are widely recognized for their robust security. In addition to encrypting content in transit and at rest, the system automatically monitors suspicious activity and unauthorized access.

Network administrators struggling to grow their network capabilities to meet the demands of their organizations should rely on Kollective solutions. By leveraging such tools, not only will they be able to broadcast live video to all employees at all times, they can also enable video streaming and software downloads without affecting network performance. Kollective can eliminate 90 percent of network load from key choke points – all without investment in hardware. This is operational efficiency at its finest.

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