Recreational use of network resources is impacting performance despite policies to restrict it, according to a survey by NetQos. The survey of 150 network engineers found that although nearly 90% had a formal policy in place to limit recreational use, it had an effect on 60% of the networks.
"While focus in this area has typically been dedicated to employee productivity and IT security, recreational IT use and particularly the increasing popularity of bandwidth-heavy Web 2.0 services is now an important network management consideration," says Steve Harriman, vice-president of marketing at NetQoS.
"The network performance management information we provide our customers enables them to clearly identify this excess traffic, quantify its impact on network performance, and minimize its effect on business-critical applications. But as our survey shows, changing employee behavior is an entirely different challenge."