Ever since 2010, when Cisco predicted huge amounts of video traffic on worldwide networks, IT managers have been cautiously watching for it to occur. Cisco’s most current prediction is that 73% of all Internet traffic will be video by 2017. Whether we’ll reach that level remains to be seen, but we have observed significant increases and it is reasonable to assume that much of that traffic will creep into enterprise networks.
Also, the amount of such traffic is likely to be higher than IT managers suspect because most monitoring tools only recognize certain forms of video. Since IT managers are likely looking for tools to manage video traffic, we decided to see what products are available and analyze where additional needs exist.