Includes WAFS, Wide Area Data Services or WDS, Replication.
Remote Offices have been the bane of IT for decades. Issues surrounding performance, collaboration, bandwidth management and latency abound. In this area of research Taneja Group analysts define a variety of new technologies and their pros and cons, the issues they solve, the players that are active and how they differentiate themselves from each other. Taneja Group analysts also provide guidance to IT as it struggles to evaluate new technologies and implement these new technologies in a coherent manner.
In many respects, the branch office is still the “wild frontier” of enterprise IT: an uncharted, unknown territory best left to the adventurous. This frontier mentality is especially evident in the world of storage. There are over 1 million corporate branch offices in the United States, most of them utilizing some manner of file serving technology.
The continued growth in primary data coupled with shrinking backup windows and increasingly demanding recovery time objectives (RTO) have put tremendous pressure on IT administrators. Unfortunately, backup technology has not kept pace with the changing needs of today’s enterprise. Tape alone is no longer a sufficient backup medium for business critical applications.
Businesses entering the 21st century are facing renewed challenges to protect their data in the event of an infrastructure failure or an entire site outage. Driven by internal business requirements and external regulations, enterprises must now design and implement bulletproof disaster recovery plans.
Data protection technologies have basically remained unchanged for the last twenty years. For a variety of reasons, including what appears to be an unstoppable hunger for collecting more data, a 7×24×365 work environment and new uncertainties associated with the current geopolitical environment, data protection has taken on a more significant meaning than ever before.
EMC announced today their intention of buying Legato Corporation. The deal is valued at $1.3B, based upon yesterday’s closing price of $11.76 per share for EMC shares. It is expected to close before year-end 2003. We think this is a good deal for both sides.