- Alexander Schaefer
The necessity of a solid ECDN for reliable enterprise video delivery is becoming increasingly important: Studies have shown that high engagement levels of employees as a result of effective communication through video streaming leads to higher productivity, higher sales, and higher profitability.1 We’ve established how ECDN solutions can benefit your business in our previous article. Yet, since distributing video and especially live video streaming is bandwidth-intensive, the development of flourishing video streaming within the enterprise brings new challenges to the IT department.
Based on that, Strive tackled the challenge of optimizing a high-performing corporate network for video delivery with Switzerland’s leading telco company Swisscom. Together, they take a closer look at the issues and possible approaches to this undertaking. Find out what’s the ideal solution for your enterprise and why peer-to-peer-based ECDNs are an innovative approach to a growing demand of reliable and secure enterprise networks that are able to deal with the immense impact of live video events.
The Future of Communication is a Network Challenge
Enterprise network requirements for a high quality of experience (QoE) are frequently underestimated. Broadcast software solutions like Microsoft Teams or Skype Meeting Broadcast make sure that the videos are distributed exclusively behind the company firewall for data protection reasons which means that the enterprise IT infrastructure is subject to particularly high requirements. Considering the download bandwidth that needs to be available within a company’s locations in order to make live video streaming work, one can imagine the impact of such data traffic on an internal network.
Extensive network traffic from an overloaded ISP link can lead to worst-case scenarios like
Downtimes caused by an overloaded network can bring on serious consequences for companies such as cost a company millions of dollars in lost revenue, downtime issue fixing costs, and declined employee productivity. There are several professional approaches to respond to these challenges that reduce traffic by up to 95%. Finding the ideal enterprise content delivery network (ECDN) mainly depends on the existing network architecture and corresponding policies like software distribution and browser usage. Common ECDN solutions that are available include multicast-enabled and/or multicast-routed networks, local caching servers, or software client and WebRTC-based peer-to-peer networks.
Next to the high amount of required enterprise bandwidth, other issues concerning today’s company webcasting solutions include compatibility problems between the local client software, different OS, machines, and network types.
Multicast, Local Caching, Software Client vs. WebRTC-Based P2P
Common ECDN solutions that are available include multicast-enabled and/or multicast-routed networks, local caching servers, or software client and WebRTC-based peer-to-peer networks. With their ability to enable the end user’s devices to share fragments of content by connecting with each other and due to their high scalability and stability, P2P networks have proven to be the ideal solution for companies with large numbers of company sites where ECDN servers cannot be deployed easily. Flink Enterprise extends server and network architectures by creating a dynamically growing network between all connected devices that are consuming the same video content. With a WebRTC-based ECDN like Strive’s Flink Enterprise, companies use only a fraction of their bandwidth for video streaming. Flink Enterprise builds a rapid, scalable, and efficient video delivery architecture that comes with a framework for real-time video analytics.
Why WebRTC-Based P2P ECDN Solutions Are Game-Changing:
The bottom line is that peer-to-peer is the optimal solution for enterprise video delivery for large audiences by making use of the existing devices’ resources, eliminating a single point of failure. For a complete review of ECDN solutions and benefits, download our Case Study:
About Strive Technologies
Strive is a leading technology provider for OTT broadcasters and live streaming companies. Our technology “Flink” is used by broadcasting companies around the world to improve video QoE and cost efficiency. Based in Germany, Strive developed Flink over a seven-year period of time, constantly improving and adapting the technology to the quickly shifting market requirements. Today, Flink connects over 150,000 users worldwide on a daily basis, saving our customers over 80% of CDN traffic with our unique server-side-managed Peer-To-Peer network.