New Apple update may clog servers

600MB file is too large for multiple downloads on many corporate networks

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New Apple update may clog servers Apple's new 600MB update for the iPod, iPad and iPhone may clog servers as it hogs bandwidth to ensure a fast-as-possible download.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 29, 2010

Networks are at risk from Apple's new update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, says Blue Coat Systems. The software update, released today, is so large, over 600 MB, that multiple users in an organisation trying to download the update could clog networks. The download has also been tailored to use all available bandwidth to complete the download process as quickly as possible.   

The update includes fixes, security enhancements and new features, but the sheer size of the file can cause problems for business networks, especially for branch offices or other remote users with limited bandwidth. Another problem is that since the file download process is so aggressive, it  could take only one or two people downloading it to completely consume a networks' bandwidth, preventing any other application from operating and leaving companies in the dark .

WAN optimisation specialist Blue Coat is recommending several tactics to prevent the large software update from blocking internet traffic, primarily asking employees not to update their software from work, although automatic updates may still cause problems.  

The company also suggests using an  optimisation appliance with advanced proxy cache technology so the update need only be downloaded onto the server once, and for companies to use an application visibility and control solution to monitor and control how much bandwidth can be used for software downloads and can dictate what time of day these updates can occur.

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