Not all observers, however, take such a sanguine view, particularly with regard to video, the most demanding of streamed media. "Corporations are frequently discovering that the infrastructure of their corporate network is insufficient or ill-suited to the distribution of streaming video," Nann says, "hence, requiring network overhauls by their IT departments to handle it.
In addition to distribution issues, Wong says it's important to consider the storage device from which streamed media begins its trip to the end-user.
MediaWave is building Europe's largest streamed media
infrastructure, enabling live, TV broadcast-quality audio and video material to be delivered direct to end users' PCs in real-time.
Free Range Media has announced the availability of Lariat, a Java-based software solution for managing streamed media
. It is designed to increase productivity and improve performance by automating encoding, file management processes, and the recording and archiving of continuous media.