"I have some concerns, although nothing major," said Eric Lindgren, CIO of PerkinElmer, a medical device maker, of the Olympics. The company's network traffic is already prioritized with quality-of-service (QoS) technologies "so Internet traffic will always get a lower priority so as not to impact our business critical applications, such as SAP," he said.
Brandon Jackson, the CIO of Gaston County, N.C., said the county's current default "is to block streaming-media sites for most of our 1,200 users." However, he said exceptions are made for those workers who have "a documented business case" for accessing streaming media.
Vendors are also expecting a rise in traffic. Ramsey McGrory, the CEO of AddThis, the social media platform that allows users to easily share content, said the company expects content sharing activity to be about 30 percent higher than has been seen at other larger events, such as the Superbowl. The company plans to have extra staff on hand to keep an eye on activity. Stewart Allen, the CTO of AddThis, said, "We're going to expect a surge in sharing social activity -- it will be a sustained surge."
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