Branch Office of the Future: An IT Blueprint (Infographic)

Branch office IT infrastructure infographic

Branch offices have long posed a challenge for distributed organizations. Where server consolidation is impossible, some have deployed proprietary, all-in-one appliances in the branch incurring marked increases in capital and operational costs. But there is a different approach.

By coupling data acceleration software with the advances in hypervisor technologies and server designs, IT can solve those branch problems at half or even a quarter of the costs of proprietary all-in-one appliances

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Critical services run as virtual appliances in the branch. While Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) numbers for most off-the-shelf servers will meet the needs of many branches, greater uptime can be achieved affordably through a two-node High Availability (HA) cluster. Where the branch requires the convenience of an all-in-one solution, a shared infrastructure platform, such as a Dell VRTX, provides the same with the affordability and scalability of mass-produced server platforms. Other requirements can be met with alternative hardware platforms, such as Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) or the Avaya Secure Router (SR) routers, or even a user’s PC.

Change and configuration management, performance management and more remain unaffected. Hypervisor tools can continue to be used to manage remote users. Silver Peak’s Global Management System (GMS) provides detailed insight into the WAN operations. Virtual data protection software, such as VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), Veeam Backup and Replication, and Zerto Virtual Replication, allows IT to easily backup and restore their branch office locations in the event of a disaster.

Proprietary appliances were suitable for pre-millennium networks, but with the power and affordability of today’s server designs, the IT industry has embraced software and virtualization. Once proprietary functions limited to hardware appliance – load balancing, firewalling, WAN optimization and more – today are widely deployed as virtual appliances on commodity servers. Silver Peak’s Smarter Branch architecture leverages those changes allowing organizations to solve the branch office challenge.