A number of emerging technologies, including video, cloud computing, virtualization and big data, have combined to make the network a priority for businesses. However, many organizations are still trying to catch up to these trends. The recently released Killer Apps study found that approximately 74 percent of respondents have experienced considerable performance issues, caused by network limitations, in their critical applications.

When polled about the specific critical applications and services creating network performance issues, approximately 22 percent of respondents pointed toward video.

Roughly 82 percent of those polled explained that they have experienced speed and responsiveness issues in their networks during the past year. As if this were not problematic enough, the majority only expect things to get worse.

The core problem facing companies trying to deal with video is the bandwidth limitation of traditional corporate networks. Infrastructure is generally designed to send a large number of small data packets through the network, not a smaller quantity of large data packets. Imagine highway traffic and a commuter rail having to coexist in the same venue. Roads and rails don’t always mix. To resolve this problem, organizations often have to upgrade their networks to clear a better path for video packets.

One simple way to accomplish this is through an enterprise content delivery network. In our roads and rails analogy, the ECDN would create a dedicated line for the train, instead of trying to put the road and rail in the same place. This ensures that the network highway is clear to bring normal day-to-day traffic to end users, while bringing video quickly to workstations through the dedicated rail line of the ECDN. Such a system often improves network performance for both video and more traditional applications.