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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

Traffic to remote offices eases up

If users at your remote offices are complaining about how long it takes to open files over the WAN, happier days are in store for you, as vendors large and small are making this problem a priority. "We had users who had given up on opening certain files," says Josh Lamont, director of information technology at Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services in Pittsburgh. It would routinely take users in Novum's Houston and Las Vegas offices four to five minutes to open a simple office document, Lamont reports, and often, "it would time out altogether." Novum looked at various file replication technologies, but after doing some Web research, decided to try out Tacit Networks' IShared, a Wide Area File Services (WAFS) platform aimed at reducing the bandwidth limitations and latency inherent in wide-area data transmissions. Generally speaking, WAFS products improve the user experience at the remote office through a combination of technologies such as data reduction, compression, protocol optimization and caching. Novum dropped IShared into...

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    by  Karl Langdon and John Merryman

    Classifying data and knowing how its value changes over time will improve service levels, create a better working relationship with business units and reduce costs. (This tip is part of our Storage 101 tip series.)

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  • Clustering comes to NAS

    by  Alex Barrett

    Fed up with monolithic NAS boxes that don't scale? Clustering provides a way out of the management headache that's being perpetuated by some industry players.

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