That’s what network scanning company Palo Alto Networks discovered when it took a look at more than 2,000 corporate networks between November 2011 and May of this year.
In the past six months, the amount of bandwidth used by streaming video software has quadrupled, according to Chris King, the company’s director of product marketing. And P2P filesharing traffic is up seven-fold, he says. It’s not that more companies are allowing P2P or video streaming. It’s just that the people doing it are using a lot more bandwidth. “It’s a massive increase within the companies that are using them,” he says. “There’s just more comfort with getting busted using streaming at work.”
Another factor: More people are sharing and watching high-definition video. A typical compressed DVD image is about one or two gigabytes. But convert that film to Blu-ray and it’s close to three times that size.