Corporate Bandwidth Faces Continued Strain as U.S. Win at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Draws More U.S. Viewers

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World Cup Network Traffic Calculator continues to measure network congestion

With Saturday's rematch from four years ago between the U.S. and Ghana, we believe networks will continue to benefit from the type of intense monitoring and management offered by our WhatsUp Gold software. At the same time, we wish team USA the best of luck in its next match

Predictions that corporate bandwidth will be strained to the limit in the face of at-work viewing of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, based on the results from Ipswitch Inc.'s World Cup Network Traffic Calculator, have been confirmed following the spectacular win of the U.S. team against Algeria that sent it undefeated into the second round of the tournament. Ipswitch, Inc.'s Network Management Division, developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative IT management solutions, continues to collect responses on its World Cup Network Traffic Calculator, a unique tool that is empowering IT managers to predict and address the surge in non-work Internet traffic in the workplace resulting from online streaming of the World Cup.
Following its win against Algeria, the U.S. plays Ghana on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EDT, and while the weekend brings a time of rest for many Americans, just as many will be relying on corporate networks for online streaming of the tournament.
"As our predictions have shown, based on the ongoing results of our World Cup Network Traffic Calculator, the World Cup is having a huge impact on the function of corporate networks worldwide," said Ennio Carboni, president, Ipswitch Inc.'s Network Management Division. "With Saturday's rematch from four years ago between the U.S. and Ghana, we believe networks will continue to benefit from the type of intense monitoring and management offered by our WhatsUp Gold software. At the same time, we wish team USA the best of luck in its next match," Carboni said.
The World Cup Network Traffic Calculator has garnered thousands of responses in an effort to measure the impact of the soccer tournament, which started in early June and runs through July 11th, on corporate networks. The tournament has met expectations as the most viewed event in sporting history.
Key findings from the World Cup Network Traffic Calculator, which has collected more than 1,000 responses related to average bandwidth use and the predicted increase during the 30 days of the tournament in network traffic directly related to the World Cup, showed:

  •     Though not typically a soccer-watching nation, the U.S. is tuning in to watch its national team exceed expectations expecting bandwidth use to rise to more than 80% during some key matches
  •     Bandwidth use is expected to increase by 38.85% in participating World Cup nations, to 86.89% during matches
  •     In Europe the figure is expected to double, from 40.25% current average bandwidth use, to 78.67% during key match times
  •     In the UK, despite the culture for some businesses to close during England matches, bandwidth use is still expected to increase by 30.79% to 71.85% of total capacity
  •     In host nation South Africa, IT managers are bracing themselves for network bandwidth to be completely maxed out to 100%, from a base average of 58% during a typical working day

During the world cup, IT managers are invited to contrast their actual findings to those that were predicted at: http://www.whatsupgold.com/calculators/world-cup-network-traffic.aspx.
About The Network Management Division of Ipswitch, Inc.
The Network Management Division of Ipswitch, Inc. is the developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative IT management software. WhatsUp Gold delivers comprehensive network, system, application and event log monitoring and management solutions for small and medium businesses and enterprises. Built on a modular, yet integrated architecture - the affordable and easy-to-use solutions scale with the size and complexity of any physical or virtual IT infrastructure. From a single console, WhatsUp Gold supports standard IT management tasks including automated discovery, mapping, real-time monitoring, alerting, troubleshooting and reporting. Over 100,000 networks worldwide use WhatsUp Gold solutions to assure the availability, health and security of their critical business infrastructure today.
Ipswitch, Inc.'s Network Management Division recently added to its product line complete, easy-to-use solutions for Windows Security Event Management (SEM) and Log Management for small businesses and enterprise-level organisations suite with the acquisition of Dorian Software Creations, Inc. WhatsUp Gold was named Network Management Product of 2010 by Network Computing Magazine and earned the Network Products Guide 2010 Product Innovation Award in Network Management. To learn more about WhatsUp Gold - the best value in IT Management software, download a free trial or to make a purchase, please visit: http://www.whatsupgold.com/products/download/.

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(** = Source: Nielsen Online)

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