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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 2 April 2007 issue of Backup overhaul: From a mainframe to an open-systems environment
There are plenty of products that can make it easier to work remotely, but you have to let the folks in the data center know what you need. Over the past 18 months, I've heard plenty of technology vendors talk about "solutions" for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and small office/home office (SOHO). Their pitches catalog the challenges ROBO and SOHO workers face trying to back up data, access corporate file servers, collaborate with co-workers and secure PC data. They're preaching to the choir. I work from a home office, but for this article I'm going to play ROBO cop and assume that a remote-office employee is one who works in a branch office or from a home office. Like many other small- to medium-sized businesses, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has a relatively small IT department, but we run email, CRM, Microsoft SharePoint and a few corporate file shares. When I moved in 2005 from ESG's corporate offices in Massachusetts to the heart of Silicon Valley, I didn't realize how much my productivity could be affected by being distant from the centralized, ... Access >>>
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New connections: SAS and iSCSI HBAs
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Free up database space
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Hot Spots: Remote workers, stand up and be counted
Remote-office workers need to share their experiences with corporate IT because there are many different issues associated with working remotely and a wide range of products to address those problems.
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