By Alessandro Porro, vice president of international at Ipswitch
Twenty nations will do battle this autumn for the greatest prize in rugby union, the Webb Ellis Cup. However, a combination of the timing of the games and a trend towards device duplicity amongst staff is brewing up trouble for IT infrastructures this autumn.
Group matches are scheduled throughout the day with kick-offs at 14:30, 16:45 and 20:00. All across the country smartphones, tablets and laptops will be streaming footage to offices. First thing in the morning, staff will be streaming highlights from the match they didn’t watch the evening before. Once this spike has passed, workers and likely to try and watch afternoon games live via online streaming platforms.
Whether we like it or not, a good number of the workforce will ensure they don’t miss out and employees will sit complaining that applications are moving slowly. IT needs to be prepared to deploy assets to deal with potential problems before they arise and implement procedures as they do.
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- Game Plan
- Play by the Rules
- Review your Tactics
Most organisations already have some level of network monitoring and management tool installed but aren’t using it effectively. These tools can balance recreational use of network bandwidth with mission-critical usage.
- Review the Form Guide
- Yellow Card
- Red Card – Sin Bin
However, players that consistently go above and beyond the data needs for their jobs can have their access to streaming sites limited or cut off altogether, automatically. And unlike with dirty tackles on the field, the perpetrators probably won’t dare complain about the referee’s decision.
So, the final word is that if you want to come out of this tournament like a World Cup champion, always know exactly how much bandwidth you have and be prepared to make changes on the fly should it become necessary. That way you’ll ensure the Rugby World Cup doesn’t become a red card for your network and there’s even a chance you’ll get to kick back and relax, until the final whistle.