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Vol. 6 No. 4 June 2007

Consolidating remote offices

Our exclusive survey confirms that protecting ROBO-generated data is a three-pronged undertaking: resource consolidation, management controls and optimization approaches. No longer is the remote office/branch office (ROBO) the stepchild of enterprise IT; it's now a central part of many organizations' data storage initiatives. But cobbling together a strategy to protect data generated outside the main data center, and ensuring that remote workers can painlessly access data center-hosted apps, is much more difficult than many vendors are willing to admit. And we have the data to prove it. Storage magazine and Taneja Group, a Hopkinton, MA-based market analyst firm, recently conducted a detailed survey of 254 IT professionals with responsibility for ROBO management and planning. Our research reveals that while 70% of respondents now view ROBO as central to business operations, there are still many areas of uncertainty and confusion. Specifically, the survey found that one of the most poorly defined concepts in the remote office ...

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