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Vol. 1 No. 7 September 2002

Managing storage at the edge

The further data gets from the data center, the harder it is to manage. When employees work on the road or remotely - which IDC estimates 47 million corporate users will do this year - IT has little choice but to create an effective policy for managing far-flung storage. And that includes not only laptops and PDAs on the road, but also home office computers. Roughly 30 million employees last year engaged in some sort of telework during the workweek, according to a Cahners In-Stat survey. The stakes for IT are high. The Computer Security Institute estimates that when a single laptop is lost or stolen, it costs $32,000 on average to replace data and proprietary information. And PDAs - although they may seem cheap and unassuming - were pegged with a hefty replacement cost of $2,500 in a recent Gartner study. "There's so much more mission-critical corporate data on mobile devices now," says Stephen Drake, an IDC analyst. "IT is forced to take them seriously - and to think about things like management, administration and security ...

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