Wax Up Your WAN to Catch the Wave of Server Centralization

Author(s): Mark Tauschek

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The arguments for data center consolidation and server centralization can be compelling for many companies. Centralized management and control, reduced software licensing costs, and the ability to provide better service are just a few of the arguments in favor of centralization. However, many companies neglect the increased demand on the network infrastructure – the WAN in particular.

This research note discusses the network implications of server consolidation and centralization, and the options available to prepare the WAN for the inevitable surge in demand, including:

  • Understanding the new demands on the WAN.
  • Identifying how much more bandwidth will be required.
  • Applying prioritization and WAN optimization.

Prepare to invest time, resources, and money to prepare the network for the surge in demand that server centralization creates.

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