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.
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.
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
- 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.