Eighty-five percent of companies in Singapore and elsewhere plan to more closely monitor network and app performance during Olympics, according to a newly released Riverbed Global survey.
Only two percent stated that they were very unlikely to monitor any differently during this the Olympics.
Typically, there is a network strain around pivotal events and the survey has identified the need for end-to-end visibility into networks to ensure application performance
In Singapore, national broadcaster Mediacorp can only air delayed telecasts of the Olympics due to broadcasting rights.
"The time zone difference mean that finals will be aired during working hours, and with no live telecast in Singapore, sports fans are likely to turn to live streaming to cheer on Team Singapore - on company networks," said Bjorn Engelhardt, SVP, Riverbed, Asia Pacific and Japan. "IT organisations need to come together and prepare for the significant increase in network traffic that will occur as a result of employees streaming and accessing online content."
Using company network
Nearly half (48 percent) of the companies expect employees to access Olympic content using the company's networks, including Wi-Fi, most frequently via their desktops and laptops.
About a third (34 percent) of the companies expect employees to use smartphones, and 18 percent expect them to use tablets or other non-smartphone devices to access this content.
Forty-three percent were very confident that their organisations could safeguard critical applications during high network traffic events such as the Olympics.
Twelve percent were not confident that their companies could handle the added strain and traffic.
"The results of the survey highlight how popular events such as the Olympics and the impact of BYOD are affecting companies and the need for greater visibility to safeguard networks and business critical applications," added Engelhardt. "IT must take a proactive approach to managing application performance with end-to-end visibility across the network from the server to the end user."
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