Empowering employees to work from home can drive significant operational benefits for businesses. They can recruit without geographic boundaries, reduce overhead costs associated with managing an office and help workers maintain a better balance between work and life priorities. However, technological limitations can undermine all of these benefits. In particular, network challenges that lead to bottlenecks as your data center gets content out to remote users can cause significant disruption. An enterprise content delivery network can use software-defined technologies to overcome this problem and help you support a remote workforce. Three ways it makes this possible include:

1. Incorporating end-user devices into the network layout

You aren’t going to extend your network out to end-user locations when people are working remotely, but that doesn’t mean you can’t account for the bandwidth requirements of those individuals when evaluating your network. ECDN solutions are built around intelligently routing data out to end users. They are designed to incorporate user devices and the issues brought up by their locations into their routing.

For example, if you have 1,000 employees spread out over two locations, and 500 working from home, you will experience major bottlenecks getting data out to those remote employees if your WAN services aren’t designed to handle that capacity. You don’t necessarily need a hardware upgrade to overcome this challenge. Instead, you can use an ECDN to optimize routing from your data center core out to the access systems to ensure data moving out to the WAN travels in the most efficient path possible.
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2. Streamlining file transfers

Enterprise file delivery can become a major challenge when employees are working in geographically diverse locations. Not only do you potentially need to deal with a greater frequency of file transfers as workers collaborate on projects, you must also contend with unpredictable network services across your different user groups. Again, this is where the intelligence of ECDNs comes into play. Because ECDN systems account for end-user devices when routing data through the network, they can ensure that the files avoid bottlenecks and get out to end users without any trouble.

3. Simplifying hardware

It is easy for users supporting remote workers to lack the infrastructure needed to get data into and out of the data center. If their office is relatively small with limited data center assets because their goal is to minimize overhead, then they may lack the network resources necessary to deal with large amounts of information moving through infrastructure. Data types like video live stream events will usually involve the corporate data center in some way, even if they are primarily moving through WAN systems. As such, organizations working to incorporate remote users can end up with an overly complex hardware setup that is difficult to manage. ECDNs eliminate the need to use hardware to resolve network demands, and in doing so, they simplify infrastructure configurations.

The technical requirements for supporting remote workers are fairly unconventional and require sophisticated solutions. ECDN technologies let you add intelligence to your network configuration, making it much easier to empower your remote employees to get the job done.