Posts Tagged ‘March Madness’
March Madness Slows Networks, Causes IT Challenges: MDL Technology, Reviews Concerns
Friday, March 15th, 2013
By T.J. Bloom, Chief Operating Officer of MDL Technology
When March comes around, it means NCAA basketball takes over the television, even the computer. According to a study by an IT company,Modis, more than two in five IT professionals admit that March Madness has slowed their network. Sam Laird, writer forMashable, wrote about the effect that streaming video during March Madness has on IT networks.
“Last year, use of the March Madness On Demand streaming service increased by 47% for the tournament’s first three rounds, delivering 10.3 million hours of video in just over a week,” wrote Laird. “But a lot of that streaming happened at work.”
“Smartphones. Tablets. Computers.Streaming video to devices of all sorts is gaining momentum quickly, and college basketball fans are among the converted. Last year, use of the March Madness On Demand streaming service increased by 47% for the tournament’s first three rounds, delivering 10.3 million hours of video in just over a week.
But a lot of that streaming happened at work.March Madness games tip off all the time, a lot of them happen during the day, and the event attracts many casual hoops fans. According to a recent study by the IT staffing companyModis, more than two in five IT professionals say March Madness has affected their network, with 34% reporting the event has entirely shut their network down in the past and more than 35% saying it’s slowed operations.
Brian Jacobs, a senior product manager for the network monitoring serviceIpswitch WhatsUp Gold, told Mashable that heavy video streaming by employees during March Madness can have unforeseen consequences by impacting other business necessities such as phone service quality.
But Jacobs also cautions that it’s impractical at this time of year for office managers to expect sports-minded workers to simply ignore the games.”
Read the Mashable articlehere.
Kansas City IT Company, MDL Technology, LLC, to Host Cloud Computing Seminar April 2011
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
MDL Technology, LLC, a managed services company, announced today that it will host a cloud computing seminar on April 28, 2011 from 1-2 p.m. Pat Powell, president of Spectrum Sales, will be presenting a cloud computing case study along with T.J. Bloom, COO of MDL Technology, LLC at their 1102 GRAND office location in Kansas City (www.mdltechnology.com).
To RSVP for the cloud computing seminar, email email@example.com.
MDL Technology, LLC Reviews Mashable.com Article: Japan Tech Shortage: Who’s Affected?
Friday, March 18th, 2011
Posted By: TJ Bloom, COO, LLC
I would like to share an article from Mashable.com regarding how the tsunami and earthquake in Japan will effect technology. This article shares what products were most effected by the natural disaster.
As Japan digs out from its worst earthquake and tsunami in recent history, and engineers scramble to contain the damage at the Fukushima nuclear plant, another crisis is unfolding behind the scenes: massive disruption to the global supply chain.
As relatively unimportant as it may seem, Japan’s factories are the lifeline for electronics companies the world over. Some 20% of all semiconductors and 40% of all flash memory chips sold in the world’s smartphones, tablets, cameras and computers are made in Japan. Manufacturers are facing a drastic reduction in supply, which could have significant knock-on effects in earnings, employment — and the global economy as a whole.
So which companies and products are most at risk? Here’s what we know so far:
Toshiba makes NAND Flash memory chips used in the iPhone, iPad and a string of tablets launching this year. Prices of the 32GB NAND chip jumped nearly 20% in component markets Monday. Toshiba says it is examining damage to its plant, and has no date set for reopening. Toshiba President Norio Sasaki has more important things on his mind at the moment: Prime Minister Naoto Kan has ordered him to help with efforts to stop radiation leaking from the Fukushima plant, according to reports.
Most affected products: The iPad 2 and similar tablets.
Sony, the nation’s largest consumer electronics exporter, shut down six factories last week and another two this week. One of those factories took a direct hit from the tsunami. The plants are all involved in making Blu-ray discs, magnetic heads, PlayStation 3s and lithium-ion batteries. The company makes about 10% of the world’s laptop batteries. The factories are likely to remain shut for at least the next two weeks.
Most affected products: Blu-ray DVDs, PlayStations, PC laptops.
Texas Instruments lost two of its plants making wafers and DLP chips. A spokesperson told Reuters it would take until July for them to come back online.
Most affected products: DLP TVs, video projectors.
Hitachi has six manufacturing facilities in the quake-struck north of Japan, all of them now closed, all of them now being inspected.
Most affected products: Plasma TVs, LCD TVs, camcorders and DVD players.
CBS & Turner Sports are Streaming all the March Madness Games to PCs, iPhones & iPads for Free
Monday, March 7th, 2011
Posted By: Mark Dryer, president of MDL Technology, LLC
According to an article from www.engadget.com, CBS and Turner sports will stream all of the March Madness games to PCs, iPhones and iPads for free.
Every year CBS has enhanced its March Madness On Demand experience, from HD VOD on cable boxes to HD streaming on PCs before adding PiP and paid mobile access last year. For 2011, a new deal has brought in Turner Sports to not only provide enough channels to air all the games in high definition (we figure you’ll find CBS, TNT and TBS on the channel guide with no problem, but with some of the games diverted to lesser known TruTV HD check the HDSportsGuide link below to see if it’s in your area yet) but also expand the streaming experience by promising higher quality video, personalized channel lineup and social tie ins. If you’re on the go, the mobile client for iOS devices (sorry, no Android or other mobile OSes) is free this year so you can keep that fiver in your pocket this time. There’s another pic of the iPad client, a video trailer and all sorts of details waiting after the break, so click through to find out more or just wait for the free apps to hit iTunes March 10th.