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  • 4 August 2016 09:27

Riverbed Global Survey Finds 85 per cent of Companies Plan to More Closely Monitor Network and App Performance During Olympics to Maximise Performance of Business Critical Apps

Survey highlights network strain around pivotal events and the need for end-to-end visibility into networks to ensure application performance

SAN FRANCISCO — August 3, 2016 – Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, announced today the findings of its global snapshot survey that looked to see how companies would be approaching any potential critical business application and network strain from employees streaming Olympic coverage and accessing associated content online at the office.

The vast majority of companies, 85 per cent, reported that they were likely to more closely monitor the performance of their applications and networks, including Wi-Fi, specifically because of potential strain due to employees accessing Olympic content, with 42 per cent of these same companies being very likely to monitor more closely. Only 2 per cent stated that they were very unlikely to monitor any differently during the Olympics.

"As athletes prepare for the games, IT organisations need to prepare for the significant increase in network traffic that will occur as a result of employees accessing and streaming online content and applications, and the related increase in volatility of that network demand,” said Mike Sargent, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelCentral at Riverbed. "It is crucial for companies to shine a spotlight on the current and anticipated end-to-end performance of business critical applications, especially during major events such as the Olympics. Riverbed delivers that spotlight with our SteelCentral solutions – which provide visibility from the end user device, across the networks, the cloud, the infrastructure, and the apps to help assure great app performance in times of high and volatile network demand.”

Companies expected employees to access Olympic content using the company’s networks, including Wi-Fi, most frequently via their desktops and laptops (48 per cent); followed by smartphones (34 per cent); and then tablets or other non-smartphone devices (18 per cent). At 44 per cent, Brazil was the only country surveyed that believed by a slight margin that most of its employees would access Olympics games coverage at work more from smartphones than desktop or laptop computers, tablets or other non-smartphone devices.

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The reason for monitoring employees’ access to Olympic content could potentially be linked to companies being unable to quickly pinpoint and resolve performance issues of critical business applications. Less than half of the companies surveyed, 43 per cent, were very confident that their organisations could safeguard critical applications during high network traffic events such as the Olympics, while 12 per cent were not confident that their companies could handle the added strain and traffic.

In one of the most revealing statistics, companies were asked if they’ve had an issue, even once, with their networks, including Wi-Fi, specifically because employees were accessing content during a popular event such as the Olympics. The majority of companies responded yes (69 per cent), with 30 per cent of these same companies saying that they have experienced more than one episode of issues. The survey also found that the majority (70 per cent) of companies said they would limit or probably limit employees from accessing Olympic content through company networks, including Wi-Fi, in some way, with 24 per cent saying they will definitely limit content and 46 per cent saying they would probably limit content.

Infographic: Will the Summer Games add to your network strain?

Tips from Riverbed on how companies can alleviate strain on their networks:

• Implement real-time end-to-end monitoring for visibility into network and applications.

• Prioritise and optimise company network traffic while reserving bandwidth for business critical applications.

• Distinguish between company assets and BYOD. Allowing BYOD doesn't mean that employees can bring any device of their choice and be given unmitigated access to the corporate network.

• Team spirit is not just for the athletes competing in the Olympics: Bring siloed IT teams together to plan for any high-priority network events during this time.

• Provide employees TVs for viewing in common areas to ease load on network.

SteelCentral and the Riverbed Application Performance PlatformTM SteelCentral is the Command Center of Riverbed's Application Performance Platform™, a complete platform that gives CIOs end-to-end application visibility, optimization and control, across the entire enterprise. Riverbed SteelCentral has been recognized as a "Leader" in Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD) for two consecutive years and "Visionary" in the Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring (2014). In addition, Riverbed SteelHead has been recognized as a "Leader" in Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization" eight years running

Riverbed Global Network Strain Snapshot Survey Methodology The Riverbed Global Network Strain 2016 Snapshot Survey is the result of a July 2016 custom online survey by Wakefield Research of 403 IT Professionals in the US, UK, Australia, and Brazil. This includes 102 IT Professionals in the US, 100 IT Professionals in the UK, 100 IT Professionals in Australia, and 101 IT Professionals in Brazil.

About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed's 27,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

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Dorothy Kennedy | Senior Consultant

Watterson Marketing Communications Phone +61 2 9929 7533 | Mob +61 451 692 989

Email dorothy.kennedy@watterson.com.au

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