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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Companies are trying to get rid of as much IT infrastructure in remote offices as possible--with or without technologies to minimize WAN latency. At Ameren Corp., a St. Louis-based utility company, the drive toward serverless remote offices was a way to improve disaster recovery. "Remote backups weren't working," says Craig Yale, infrastructure specialist III. "Remote backups were a challenge and the entire process was not reliable." A big user of Microsoft's Distributed File System (DFS), Ameren quickly outgrew Microsoft's DFS management tool and turned to NuView Inc.'s StorageX, which provides a more advanced global namespace and replication. Local tape drives have been removed from most of the company's 50 remote offices, and some smaller sites have just a small server in place or no server at all. Data files are hosted at the St. Louis data center, which, according to Yale, is fine by users. "The main problem we have is with software running across the WAN," he notes, so Ameren installed low-end print and application servers at several offices with ... Access >>>

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