Bandwidth Hogging on Corporate Network Grows as Workers Post to Facebook

By Dina Bass – A growing proportion of the capacity on corporate networks is being taken up by employees actively using social networking applications and file-sharing services, according to Palo Alto Networks Inc.

Active usage — referring to people who play, post and share, rather than just passively watching a scrolling feed of posts on Facebook Inc.’s site, for example — took up 28 percent of total network bandwidth used on social sites. That’s an increase from 9 percent in the preceding six months. Facebook applications took up 13 percent of social bandwidth, about triple the previous period. more>


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