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It's snowing, time to work from home

It's snowing, time to work from home

It's snowing, time to work from home

It's the first major snow of the year and a lot of people have decided to stay home and work remotely rather than venture in to the office. And who can blame them to be honest? The information age and the Internet age that we are living in allows a lot of people that flexibility. So when the bad weather hits they can just fire up the VPN and work from home. Of course that can present issues to ISPs as they see large volumes of extra traffic on their networks. Below is our graph of "Remote Access" traffic which includes VPN applications, Remote Desktop, SSH, VNC and traffic like that. As you can see there's about double the normal amount of Remote Access traffic to normal today (we're seeing slightly higher amounts of HTTP as well). This is something we always have on our radar and if necessary can make changes on the fly to our traffic management systems to be able to cope with higher than normal levels of certain types of traffic like this. Fortunately today we've only had to make a couple of small tweaks but we will be monitoring both the weather and traffic on the network very closely while there's still snow in case we need to switch the configuration on the traffic management systems. Dave Tomlinson Plusnet Product Team

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