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This strategy centers on removing locally deployed storage and servers from ROBOs and replacing the IT gear with various wide-area gateway technologies, terminal emulation and software services delivered from the main data center. Depending on the workflow and an organization's needs, resource consolidation can be aggressive or nearly nonexistent.
Because of recent technology innovations that have enabled this broad concept, resource consolidation has garnered the lion's share of attention.
But no matter how attractive a proposition it is for most companies, consolidating all remote-office data into the main data center is a significant undertaking. According to our survey, 19% of our respondents have more than 50% of their production data resident in ROBO locations, with another 21% indicating they have between 26% and 50% of their production data residing in ROBOs (see "Percent of total production data that resides in ROBOs," below).
This was first published in June 2007