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Preparing your network to support video

When preparing to deploy video, the biggest question enterprises must ask is whether or not their network can support it. Irwin Lazar, vice president and service director of Nemertes Research, called video the worst type of traffic to carry on a network, as it requires minimal latency and a lot of network bandwidth. But there are options available to enterprises to make sure video requirements are met.

In this webinar, Lazar explains five solutions available to enterprises to solve the video conundrum and support video without killing their network.

The first option is to increase bandwidth. Enterprises can take advantage of video standards like scalable video coding and H.264 to reduce video's bandwidth requirements. Lazar said enterprises should also look to upcoming standards like H.265 and plan for Wi-Fi upgrades for increased mobile video use.

The second option is to optimize the network bandwidth enterprises already have. Lazar said optimization allows enterprises to look at available network bandwidth and ensure they're reserving enough for different applications. Optimization can support video's bandwidth requirements and protect other applications from the impact of video on the network.

The third solution available to enterprises is desktop virtualization. Lazar said enterprises can use a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to support video. He said the VDI terminal can contain a DSP chip for voice and video, encapsulate it locally and then embed video into a stream that goes back into a VDI presentation layer or local client.

The fourth solution is to use third-party service providers to manage video. Many enterprises struggle with management when deploying video because they lack internal expertise and turn to managed service providers. Lazar said some providers focus specifically on video management while others include management with general unified communications services.

The fifth solution is to develop a proactive mobility strategy. Lazar said the mobile space is becoming the biggest area for video. More employees are coming to their organization with their own mobile devices. He said enterprises that adopt BYOD find the single largest investment area is upgrading their Wi-Fi network. These enterprises admitted they didn't anticipate their network would be so overwhelmed by mobile video demands.

Watch this video to learn more about how to prepare your network for video, how to select a managed service provider, and the benefits of mobile device management when adopting video.

Read part one of this series to learn how video adoption can improve collaboration.

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