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Nigel Hawthorn, Blue Coat

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 20 December 2010

Nigel Hawthorn, VP EMEA marketing at application delivery solutions vendor Blue Coat serves up some enterprise networking predictions for 2011.

1. Using mobile phones or laptop computers and streaming video websites, employees will conduct more impromptu live video broadcasts of internal company meetings or presentations at industry conferences. These live videocasts will put greater load on enterprise WAN links and internet gateway connections often bringing them to total saturation.

2. High definition live and on-demand video will become more prevalent on the web, creating more sizable ‘video floods’ that can take over enterprise WAN links and internet gateways; 3D video on the web will still be a novelty and have almost no impact on corporate networks.

3. Traffic from the web, including text, graphics, audio and video, will represent more than 75% of corporate network traffic, up from 50% in 2010.

4. Social networking will become the second largest class of web traffic on corporate networks, behind live and on-demand web video.

5. More businesses will consider social networking a key business tool and will begin implementing policies to allow social networking communication but control the use of social media games and other applications.

6. Companies will more rapidly embrace SharePoint or cloud-based document management, shifting away from traditional server-based file shares and putting less importance on WAN optimisation for the CIFS protocol and more on HTTP optimisation and acceleration


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