Explosive growth can often leave businesses with a number of problems to deal with. Most of the issues tend to involve their network stability. When a company expands from five employees using one proprietary application, to 25 employees using a number of different Web-based applications, it can catch IT workers and CIOs alike by surprise.
If you include the not-so-quiet inclusion of video into the daily routine through company news announcements and employee training, your network will quickly be swamped. Hardware often has trouble catching up with current technological demands and trends, which can derail any sense of stability in an office. This can impact the ability to login to the intranet, send files on the Internet and everything in-between.
Organizations that want to ensure consistent uptime and network stability without having to swap out their legacy network for newer, expensive hardware should consider implementing an enterprise content delivery network. Software-defined technology provides flexibility where businesses need it most – in their ever changing infrastructure.
The 21st century work environment
The physical inbox and outbox is pretty hard to find nowadays. If you do manage to find a company still using them, the reason is most likely that their network can’t handle the increased pressure employees are placing on it. A large amount of bandwidth is necessary in offices nowadays so infrastructure can handle video, text and application use.
“Network instability can disrupt every employees’ daily routine.”
Instability can disrupt daily routines in multiple ways. The most obvious form it takes is network downtime, where the staff is unable to complete their work because they can’t access the Internet. This can create a stagnating workflow, and make the office undesirable for employees to work in. It can impact employee training too, as the industry standard is now to create onboarding videos that can be viewed at any time. If the WAN can’t support the increased activity, then the goal of video in the workplace becomes moot.
People are used to having high-speed Internet in their homes, and that expectation transitions to their work. If a company can’t give employees the tools they need to succeed, and consequently hold them accountable for sub-quality work, workers will flee quicker than a bullet shot out of a gun.
Software-defined technology is a solution
SD ECDNs supplement companies’ hardware so the infrastructure can handle the expectations of a fast-paced, highly functional office. Kollective ECDNs are non-intrusive and can be deployed in as little as a week, for a monthly price less than a standard hardware solution’s maintenance package. New techniques can be employed throughout the office with a network that no longer suffers any downtime due to large file sharing or a lack of substantial bandwidth:
- Host as many videos as you want on your intranet. When an employee views it, the video will cache on the SD ECDN, meaning that bandwidth only has to be used for one action. Without software-defined technology, the video is repeatedly downloaded every time someone views it – this puts extra, unnecessary pressure on the system.
- Ramp up internal communications and onboarding by giving millennials what they want – video.
- Save costs on renting conference rooms for company-wide announcements by recording them and letting employees view them at their leisure.
Keep your legacy network and shift up to 90 percent of data loads to the SD ECDN. You don’t need to break the bank to give employees the consistent uptime they need to be successful.
SD ECDNs are versatile in that they can conduct network testing in the background to see how new applications or initiatives involving video will affect the network before they’re made live. With a legacy network, this needs to be done after the day is over or before it begins. Software-defined technology takes the worry out of the process, and leaves companies with an easy-to-implement, secure server that assists with some of the most trying and difficult tasks that IT faces today.
Don’t let your employees get into the groove of having to work around slow internet. It causes a headache for everyone involved, and can vastly impede the growth of the company. Take on more clients, revamp internal communications and bring employee training the 21st century by implementing an SD ECDN.