With as much as 70 percent of the unstructured data traveling across networks being generated by video, it’s understandable that many managed service providers are finding it harder to maintain service levels. After all, video tends to consume significant network bandwidth—at the expense of business-critical applications. In fact, most MSPs are reminded of that this time every year during the March Madness basketball tournament staged by the NCAA.
While March Madness is far from the only network bandwidth culprit, the fact that so many teams are involved in the early stages of the tournament means there are that many more fans trying to watch games that are often played at the same time. To measure just what kind of impact all those fans are having on the network, Wandera, a provider of tools for securing and managing mobile data, commissioned a study of broadband traffic patterns across its U.S. customers, which encompassed roughly 50,000 devices accessing Web sites and mobile applications run by ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo, and the NCAA.