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Centralizing ROBO applications and data in the primary data center offers the following potential advantages:

  • Increased IT productivity by leveraging IT administrator assets within the data center
  • Reduced investments in hardware, infrastructure, software, personnel, training and maintenance, and increased data center asset utilization
  • Better, faster service and simpler management
  • Consistent data protection that meets IT and regulatory compliance requirements
  • Easier sharing of data among ROBOs
Unfortunately, the vast majority of applications were designed for local LAN environments. They don't take into consideration WAN issues such as bandwidth limitations, TCP/IP packet latency (TCP overhead), speed of light latency (distance) or TCP/IP packet loss (retransmissions). These WAN issues can reduce throughput by as much as 95% of the bandwidth. As bandwidth is reduced, user frustration grows because of agonizingly slow application response times with reads and writes that are measured in minutes vs. milliseconds.

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This was first published in January 2007

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