Provided by DELL EMC & INTEL®
Category Data Center Management
Type White Paper
Publish Date July 20 2016
Date posted September 15 2016
Distributed Enterprises usually have a central IT staff that creates the overall business network architecture for the enterprise, and many remote offices that are essential to running the business, normally with no on-site technical staff. However, the infrastructure and data at these distributed locations is mission critical. Important activities in distributed enterprises include warehousing and distribution facilities, manufacturing sites producing the company's core products, and mobile or remote life-saving environments like health clinics. While not on site, support responsibilities for these offices usually continue to fall to the central IT staff. According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) in their research report Remote Office/Branch Office Technology Trends, 72% of organizations intend to increase spending on remote office IT infrastructure in order to address those key issues.
In addition to the above concerns, footprint becomes an issue as the remote locations are not set up like a data center with dedicated space, power, and cooling for multiple servers running multiple applications. This means they are much more sensitive to server sprawl. While some organizations may look to the cloud to reduce server sprawl and centralize operations, in many cases that is not feasible. This is because offices either are in remote locations with limited Internet service or have minimal WAN bandwidth and redundancy available, so issues such as latency and availability could become limiting factors.
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