The NY Times has a front page story today on the potential for high-bandwidth applications to overwhelm existing and planned Internet infrastructure. The article cites a recent study we did at Nemertes on Internet infrastructure in which we concluded that rising application bandwidth demands would cause contention issues in North American access networks in the next 3-4 years (no, we didn’t say that the Internet was going to collapse, contrary to much of the reporting of our study). Anyway, the point here is that Enterprise 2.0 application architects need to be increasingly aware of the capabilities of the underlying network to support increasingly complex and bandwidth-hungry applications (especially those relying on video). Bandwidth contention is a problem that will likely get worse before it gets better.
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