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How to stop YouTube consuming your internet bandwidth, without blocking it

If you find it difficult to manage internet bandwidth and cost in your home or business, you’re not alone. The ever-increasing integration of new technologies into existing business environments is increasing the demand on existing systems in terms of both delivery (speed) and reliability (crash prevention).
 
This is no more evident than in school environments, where an increasing reliance on e-learning technology to deliver education programs has also increased reliance on stable internet connections. Imagine the impact if an entire school’s network crashed for 3 hours during a school day – it’s something many schools don’t want but need to plan for.
 
The adoption of YouTube in particular as a learning tool in classrooms is creating a serious problem for schools. While it’s proving itself as a great educational tool, it is also seriously consuming schools’ bandwidth capacity, increasing internet costs, slowing internet speeds and even crashing networks. With some Australian schools reporting that YouTube consumes a massive 67% or greater of their overall internet traffic, it’s no wonder they see no choice but to block YouTube entirely.
 
The flip side of this is that schools that block YouTube are rejecting the important role it is starting to play in education, as many students, educators and institutions continue to discover and share excellent educational content via the platform. It’s so useful that the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies has ranked YouTube in the top three critical learning tools for the last 5 years.
 
YouTube Caching technology enables schools to confidently embrace YouTube as a reliable and safe learning tool without placing huge demands on internet resources. It allows schools to cache YouTube videos so they are only downloaded once to their network, but can be played multiple times quickly and seamlessly from a Content Acceleration Cache. What better way to deliver optimum learning opportunities in the classroom while providing significant savings to schools’ internet capacity.

For more information, contact Cyberhound on 1300 737 060 or email me at tony.dempsey@cyberhound.com.

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