Video conferencing bandwidth management and planning guide

This video conferencing bandwidth management and planning guide explores how to ensure your network can handle the bandwidth demands of an enterprise video conferencing deployment.

Video conferencing enables members of an enterprise's distributed workforce to connect face-to-face no matter where

they are, increasing flexibility and improving communications … provided, of course, that your network can stand up to all that video conferencing bandwidth strain.

An individual video conferencing call requires a substantial amount of bandwidth; a high volume of calls can cause nightmares for network managers who haven't properly prepared for the flood. How can you ensure that your network is ready for business video conferencing bandwidth demands?

The news articles, columns and expert advice from the SearchUnifiedCommunications.com archives that are compiled in this video conferencing bandwidth learning guide will help you cover all your networking bases when implementing video conferencing solutions. From fundamental issues like calculating how much video conferencing bandwidth your setup will require to more nettlesome specifics like handling a desktop video conferencing deluge and delivering high-quality video conferencing to branch offices, we've got the expertise you need to keep your users connected and your network strong.


In this video conferencing bandwidth learning guide, learn about the importance of making sure your network can handle the bandwidth demands of an enterprise video conferencing implementation. Get tips on calculating video conferencing bandwidth, find out how to manage bandwidth without forsaking video conferencing quality and learn about the role that a Quality of Service (QoS) deployment can play in the process.

Check out the following articles, tips and videos for an in-depth look on these topics and more:

Calculating video conferencing bandwidth requirements for enterprise deployments : The first step to a successful video conferencing setup? Determining just how much bandwidth you'll have to devote to supporting multiple high-quality video conferencing calls. We'll help you do the math.

Understanding and controlling video conferencing bandwidth demand: After you've calculated how much video conferencing bandwidth your implementation will require, you've got to make sure supporting it won't adversely affect mission-critical applications. Leveraging QoS, network design and call admission control can give you the best of both worlds.

Balancing video conferencing bandwidth demands with video quality needs: It's a simple rule of video conferencing: The higher the quality of experience you want to deliver, the more network bandwidth you'll need to support it. How good does the video need to be for your users? How much bandwidth will that demand? You've got questions; we've got answers.

Video: How does video conferencing deployment affect the network as a whole?: After it's been deployed, video conferencing can quickly account for as much as half of total network bandwidth consumption. How can you manage that kind of load? In this video interview, NetForecast Principal John Bartlett and TechTarget's Sue Fogarty discuss the challenges network managers and architects face.

Video conferencing over the WAN: A network design checklist: Proper configuration of the enterprise wide area network (WAN)—including making sure the enterprise WAN has enough bandwidth available to cover demand—is critical to ensuring high-quality video conferencing service delivery. This list of WAN video conferencing requirements will simplify your network design process.

Keep desktop video conferencing from overloading the WAN with smart network planning: When you bring video conferencing to your users' desktops, you open the door to the prospect of many new video sessions being initiated at the same time, which could overload already-taxed WAN links. Learn how careful desktop video conferencing network planning and provisioning can spare your WAN an untimely demise.

Video conferencing in branch offices over iVPNs: Bandwidth strategies: WAN optimizers and link aggregation could be valuable tools for enterprises looking to ensure bandwidth availability and performance stability when providing quality video conferencing to branch offices over an Internet VPN (iVPN) linked to the enterprise WAN.

UC and video integration: Alleviating video conferencing bandwidth concerns: Concerns about bandwidth—namely, the need for a lot of it and the cost of procuring it—rank among the major factors limiting widespread deployment of video conferencing and other video technologies within UC setups. With our help, though, you can address those concerns and launch a successful UC/video integration project.

This was first published in May 2011

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