Don't Let March Madness Shut Down Your Network
If it's March, that means it's time for workers to overload business-intended network resources to surf the Web for NCAA Tournament highlights. With lots of pride riding on those ubiquitous NCAA Tournament office pools, more than two out of five Internet users visited sports sites in March 2012, according to Nielsen. Yahoo! Sports landed 35 million unique visitors in the United States, and ESPN Digital Network drew 30.4 million. Forty-two percent of IT professionals say March Madness has historically affected their network, according to findings released by Modis. Of those affected, 37 percent report their networks slowed down, while 34 percent report March Madness activity essentially shut down their networks for a period of time. To deal with the traffic stress—especially that related to streaming sports content—Dell offers the following March Madness game plan. As opposed to blocking sites, it's important for IT managers to proactively make adjustments, according to Matt Bolton, Dell senior manager over network development. That way, employees can bond while enjoying the games, while minimizing any negative impact on the network.