Consolidating remote offices


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For most enterprises, the reality is that a great deal of that data will remain at the edges of the enterprise for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, it's the coordinated management of edge and core data that will be one of the major ROBO IT tasks of the next several years.

But there are some key areas where we see users agreeing on what should be consolidated out of the ROBO. Approximately 46% of respondents indicate a strong desire to consolidate database servers and storage out of their remote sites, while approximately 40% indicate the same strong inclination for consolidation of their app servers and IT management tools. This indicates some very powerful momentum, and explains much of the attraction of available wide-area application-acceleration products. But many companies would ideally like to consolidate resources on a case-by-case basis.

Specifically, our survey found that IT teams are using a combination of local deployment and remote delivery of services from the main data center. Approximately 54% of surveyed users indicate a desire to deliver file services in this "mixed" manner, while 52% want to conduct backup operations in some combination of local and remote deployments. Again, this indicates that users want to maintain some resources at the edges of the organization. But why?

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This was first published in June 2007

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