Fast Guide: Remote office and branch office data storage services

Remote office and branch office (ROBO) data storage needs are often overlooked by IT shops lacking the resources or expertise to manage it all. Get help developing data storage services for ROBO storage environments.

Remote office and branch office (ROBO) data storage must be taken as seriously as storage at the large corporate

office. Even small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have remote offices, or remote workers, producing data that must be retained for regulatory compliance. Architecture, security and technology decisions all must be taken into account when helping a client design and maintain ROBO locations. This fast guide will help you determine what data storage services you must offer to address remote and branch office customer needs.

Remote data storage trends

Remote backup trends and technologies
Recent trends show that tape backup is being replaced by dedicated WAN lines storing information to virtual tape libraries (VTL). By reducing the hardware and deduplicating data, you can help speed up backup and lower overhead costs for ROBOs.

Custom remote office, branch office (ROBO) storage support services
Often times ROBO storage falls on someone who doesn't want to manage the data or doesn't know how. By taking over this aspect of the office, you can store your customer's data and assure the home office that records will safe and available on demand.

Remote office storage technologies

Remote office backups bring new life to the SSP
The storage service provider (SSP) model is starting to make a come back providing you with another option for ROBO storage.

Wide area file services (WAFS) increase remote and branch office efficiency
ROBO offices can be a headache because they often look like mini data centers without the staff to properly run them. Fortunately, you can look to new technologies like WAFS to reduce infrastructure and increase productivity.

In remote and branch offices NAS is still viable
You should still consider storing information in a ROBO with NAS, but newer technologies are starting to knock on the door.

Remote data security

Prepare to secure data in remote offices, branch offices (ROBO) and SMBs
ROBO environments are at equally high risks as big-name corporate headquarters when it comes to data theft. As a reseller, you have the opportunity to add value to customers shop by locking down information at remote locations.

Remote office security management 101 - Expert Webcast
Remote offices and branch offices must be kept secure like any other company. Learn how to keep remote data secure and equipment safe in this webcast.

Remote office storage architecture

Setting up DPM for branch offices means extra work for admins
Using data protection manager (DPM) backup helps protect WANs and local servers in ROBOs. Get the best advice for designing secure remote offices.

Remote office and branch office storage architectures
Finding the right storage strategy can help you make stored data more responsive in ROBO locations. Contributor Rich Cook breaks down the different strategies you might try to use.

This was first published in April 2007

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