Where and how we work has drastically changed. You’re most likely working from home—or as many have said, working while at home—and using video to connect and communicate more than you ever thought you would.
Some like to call it the “new normal,” but it’s not one bit normal. Guidelines for protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus are changing by the day and vary greatly from one region to another. And now that we’re just getting used to this new (ab)normal, your company is probably looking at how to bring employees back to the office.
Over the past couple of weeks, a handful of corporations have publicly announced the measures they’re taking minimize the spread of COVID-19.
For most, travel restrictions will remain in place. Some have stated all employees will continue to work from home over the next couple of months. Others are segmenting the workforce to bring a percentage of employees back to the office. Then, rotating them between work from the office and work from home on a semi-permanent basis.
Although it will look very different from one company to the next, here’s what we know for certain:
- Social distancing will remain. Gone are the days of gathering for town halls and trainings.
- Video is an essential business tool. It brings employees together without physically bringing them together.
There’s a lot to consider. Gain insight and ideas on how to manage Workplace 2020 by reading our most recent blogs:
Social Distancing + video = network distress
Because streaming video uses a ton of bandwidth, the network is often the main point of failure. In fact, IT executives recognize the risk video has on their network. According to Wainhouse Research, four out of five IT professionals say that it is “very important” or “somewhat important” to “distribute video without harming the corporate network.”1
So, how do you protect your network from streaming video? You’ve got a few choices:
- Upgrade your network
- Limit the use of video or reduce video quality
- Risk it
- Deploy an enterprise content delivery network (eCDN)
Instead of paying for a costly network upgrade, limiting the quality/quantity of video, or taking a chance, an eCDN is a great choice. It efficiently and effectively reduces network congestion created by live events and video on demand (VOD).
Ramp: the eCDN for all
At Ramp, all we do is enterprise video distribution. We have helped organizations of every size, from every industry tap into the power of streaming video for everything from business communication and training to digital signage.
Today, we announced the addition of peer-to-peer (P2P) networking to our line-up of eCDN solutions. This makes Ramp the first and only eCDN provider to offer all three eCDN technologies—multicasting, video caching and P2P.
As the eCDN for all—all enterprises, all networks, all use cases and all streaming platforms—Ramp makes it easy for any organization to deliver video to every viewer on their network.
Because no two enterprises, networks, use cases or streaming platforms are the same, Ramp offers a secure, vendor-neutral eCDN solution for any scenario. When you choose Ramp, you have the freedom to mix and match eCDN solutions to get the best bandwidth optimization at every location on your network.
Without question, multicast is the most efficient way to distribute video on a corporate network. Ramp Multicast+ distributes a single video stream across the enterprise network to be watched by hundreds or thousands of viewers simultaneously.
- Only vendor-neutral replacement for end-of-life multicast solutions
- Best eCDN for streaming live events on Wi-Fi networks
- Forward-error correction for a glitch-free viewer experience
- Silent testing/event simulation to spot potential network concerns
Caching solutions store and distribute media from strategic locations around the network, typically close to large groups of people. You might be thinking your regular cache can do this too. Well, it might, but OmniCache is specifically designed to transport (and fix) streaming video.
- Single solution for live and VOD
- Supports any device, including mobile
- No client software or plugins
- Pre-positioning to avoid spikes in bandwidth
- Self-discoverable, self-healing for resiliency
P2P networking is ideal for locations with limited network infrastructure. It decentralizes video distribution by utilizing viewing devices already connected on the network to host and distribute segments of the video to one another.
- Scales dynamically based on demand and device availability
- On-premises option for ultimate security
- Cloud-based WebRTC version for flexibility
- No client software or plugins required
Multicast+ and OmniCache are native Ramp eCDN solutions. We’ve added P2P networking through our strategic partnership with StriveCast.
Our Partner: StriveCast
Ramp chose to partner with StriveCast because they uphold the core tenants of our mission to deliver unlimited, high-quality streaming video on any corporate network. Like Ramp, StriveCast is committed to delivering secure, vendor-neutral video distribution solutions to solve network congestion created by streaming video.
StriveCast is a leading technology provider for eCDN solutions that solve enterprise video delivery. StriveCast requires no local software installation, works inside any enterprise video platform, and reduces bandwidth requirements for internal webcasting by up to 95%.
How to choose the right eCDN
Need help determining which Ramp eCDN is ideal for your network and use cases? Read our whitepaper Approaches for Deploying an Enterprise Content Delivery Network to get started, then schedule a free enterprise video network assessment.