June 25, 2012

Employers Ban Streaming: Use NetFlow for Network Traffic Monitoring

Some companies are starting to ban network traffic streaming.  Companies such as Procter and Gamble (P&G) are banning sites like Facebook.com and NetFlix. CNN cited an internal report that found P&G employees were watching 50,000 five-minute YouTube videos and listening to 4,000 hours of music on Pandora on a typical day.

We see it from time to time when setting up customers evaluating our NetFlow reporting solution.  After helping hundreds of clients analyze network traffic on their networks, there are certain traffic patterns that stick out like a turd in a punch bowl.  I’m talking about streaming downloads.  These traffic patterns are obvious to identify if you have the right tools.

Why do people cause traffic streaming?  Well, work related streaming is often caused by employees downloading a work related file using something like BitTorrent or perhaps an employee during the day likes to stream a favorite radio station.  If you have ever been involved with monitoring NetFlix traffic you know that it can be a bandwidth pig.

In order to catch traffic streaming, you have to have hardware that supports it.  Enterasys makes the only cost effective NetFlow capable switch that even supports Mobile IAM for BYOD traffic reporting.


About The Contributor:
Mike PattersonCEO, Plixer

As one of the founders of the company, Michael has been involved in the development of Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow Analyzer as well as Flow Analytics at Plixer. He enjoys writing and blogging about all things NetFlow, IPFIX and sFlow related.

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