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Data Center Newsletter: Branch IT Consolidation: Why and How

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By Mark Weiner, Data Center Solutions Marketing

Enterprises and public sector organizations alike continue to distribute their workers into branch offices. The reasons include real estate savings, flexibility to hire geographically, and better interaction with customers and partners. While the business advantages are clear, so are related IT challenges, including increased operating costs and complex management of servers and storage distributed across multiple sites…

 

While consolidation into central data centers continues to be a major IT trend, it brings another major IT challenge: significantly slower performance for remote users accessing centralized applications and data.

Cisco data center solutions can help your organization gain the cost and operational benefits of centralized applications and storage, while providing the local service performance that your branch users have come to expect.

Application Services

Specific solutions start with Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS), a comprehensive WAN optimization solution that:

  • Accelerates applications over the WAN
  • Delivers video to the branch office
  • Provides local hosting of branch-office IT services

With Cisco WAAS IT departments can centralize applications and storage in the data center while maintaining LAN-like application performance and can provide locally hosted IT services while reducing the branch-office device footprint.

Cisco WAAS has been deployed by more than 4000 organizations to enable branch IT consolidation [http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns1001/index.html]. Customer savings can be very tangible. For example, a midsize equipment vendor with more than 35 sites saved $260,000 annually, and a multinational manufacturing company saved $12,000 per server, per site.

Unified Computing and Storage Networking

Once branch IT resources are consolidated, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Cisco MDS storage networking solutions can be used to maximize the efficiency of centralized computing and storage resources for remotely accessed information. Specifically, Cisco UCS can be deployed in place of multiple standalone servers, while Cisco MDS can be deployed to create or extend SAN architecture for efficiently storing previously distributed local data.

To further support branch consolidation initiatives, check out the new Cisco Services offering called Branch and Desktop Virtualization Planning and Design. This end-to-end virtualization design solution will help you consolidate and virtualize branch office and desktop infrastructure.

 

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