Is your network ready for high-def video streams?

More robust and reliable networks needed to handle multiple HD video streams

Today's CIOs may get blindsided by a technology they don't often think about: video, specifically high-definition video in the enterprise, according to CIO coach and consultant Jim Anderson, head of Blue Elephant Consulting in Tampa, Fla.

Market researchers expect to see a rapid increase in enterprise use of streaming video for sales and marketing purposes, virtual trade shows, training programs and more.

The problem, of course, is that HD video is a bandwidth hog, Anderson said in a blog post titled "Will Video Kill the CIO?"

He suggested that companies will need networks that are more robust and reliable to handle multiple HD video streams, because users will expect to see smooth full-screen video without jitter or packet loss.

Standard video requires streams of 1M to 2.5Mbit/sec., but HD needs 4M to 7Mbit/sec., Anderson said, adding, "Don't even get me started on what this is going to mean for your data storage needs."

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