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No Easy Fix for Branch Office Blues

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Storage World Conference -- Despite the boom in remote networking, branch offices remain the bane of most IT managers' lives with no single-product remedy in sight.

During a keynote speech here yesterday, Arun Taneja, founder of the Taneja Group consultancy, said few users have successfully tackled the challenges posed by their remote sites and still wrestle with network bandwidth and security issues.

Today, more than 60 percent of data is generated outside of the head office, according to the analyst, and three-quarters of workers are based away from HQ. "There's two million remote workers in the U.S. alone," he asserted, adding that globalization is increasing the branch office pressure on many businesses. (See IBM Triples India Investment, Cisco Invests $1B in India , IBM Servers Lead in China , AT&T to Host Shanghai, and Linuxers Look East.)

"If you have got a solid management situation with all of your branch offices, then you are alone," he said. "Typically, people have got their fingers crossed, hoping that a disaster doesn't happen."

Data protection, said Taneja, is shoddy or, at best, inconsistent. "Some people have local data protection, some people are replicating their data."

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