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October 2013, Volume 2, Number 9

How BYOD strains corporate network bandwidth

BYOD is all the rage these days. According to a recent Cisco survey, 78% of U.S. white-collar workers use a mobile device for work purposes, and 65% of the respondents say that those workers require mobile connectivity to do their jobs. Much has been written about the benefits of bring your own device (BYOD) for both workers and companies, as well as the swarm of security requirements that BYOD engenders. However, the problem of corporate network bandwidth consumption has taken a bit of a back seat. Meanwhile, a recent Gartner Inc. study found that 80% of recently installed corporate wireless networks will become obsolete in the next year because of poor infrastructure planning. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent BYOD from wreaking havoc on the corporate network: You can add and upgrade network resources, and you can control or restrict access to devices, sites and applications. Corporate network bandwidth 101 First, it's important to define bandwidth because the term is widely used and abused. I was recently in...

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