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The answer is simple: The desire for selective consolidation reflects the realities about the requirements and management dispositions of firms. For many enterprises with larger remote sites or distributed workflows, maintaining significant ROBO IT resources is often highly desirable; there are often compelling availability or recovery reasons for keeping business-critical processes at least partially at the edge.
Resource consolidation technologies, while exciting and powerful, shouldn't be treated as a one-size-fits-all proposition. While WAFS and application-acceleration tools can transform distributed computing, it's clear their future will also require them to coexist with locally delivered and managed processes. Users tell us their data will live on the edge of the enterprise for a long time. This leads us to the next of the three key concepts in the ROBO: management controls.
|ROBO security issues|
Security is now top of mind in remote/branch deployments. Here are some common security issues to consider when operating across the WAN:
devices themselves should provide solid security.
This was first published in June 2007