Server Consolidation

The 3 Barriers to IT Infrastructure Consolidation

Provided by Riverbed

Category Server Consolidation

Type White Paper

Length 9

Publish Date January 24 2011

Date posted February 02 2011


Federal, state, and local government agencies are making the strategic choice to consolidate remote site IT infrastructure into central data centers. The stumbling block to consolidation, however, is the severe impact on application performance as seen by remote users. Relocating local servers to a data center and connecting them across a wide area network (WAN) link often results in order-of magnitude slowdowns to response times and data transfer rates. At these levels of delay business processes are impacted forcing site consolidation efforts to be stalled. This whitepaper addresses how government agencies can overcome the three principal barriers to consolidation: constrained WAN bandwidth, TCP throughput drop-off with latency, and the effect of latency on application chattiness.

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