One of the most feared problems when working with video is bandwidth usage.
Live streaming is unforgiving when it comes to bandwidth demands. The increase in usage is not always accounted for in network infrastructure, which usually predates the company’s newest video project. Actually increasing the internet speed is extremely costly, if it’s even possible.
The symptoms of choking bandwidth start with bad user experience (buffering, mainly) and lead to video service disruptions. In some cases, the excessive usage could cause a total network disruption.
The first thing you need to know of Enterprise Content Delivery Network is that anything your users try to retrieve from the cloud will only be downloaded once. The first user pulls the content from the Internet and all the following users get it from your eCDN node cache, inside your network.
So in this example, 100 users can join the live event or watch the latest HR video, without overwhelming the 10Mbps internet link.
(Note: 1Mbps used for the simplicity of the example)
Simple: anywhere where you can expect a bandwidth bottleneck.
Let’s look at this example with four offices:
In all offices except one, there is not sufficient internet connectivity bandwidth to accommodate all concurrent users. The one that do has (Location 3), can still benefit from using eCDN, but without having to deploy and maintain infrastructure locally.
This is how eCDN could be deployed and configured:
By using eCDN, we were to tackle the bandwidth bottlenecks in both internal and external networks and provide a great user experience.
Think about it as your bandwidth saver, your network stabilizer when it comes to delivering enterprise video. Reduced bandwidth will avoid extra network infrastructure and expenditure, and will allow room for your audience to grow maintaining the best user experience.
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