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Bandwidth issues often follow consolidation projects

Having data center systems in disparate offices throughout a business was effective for a while, but a recent Computer Business Review report explained that it has since proven cumbersome and inefficient. Because of this, more businesses have begun consolidating their data center systems.

According to the news source, a true data center consolidation project involves a combination of virtualization, cloud computing, efficient use of physical assets, IT process unification and the closure of multiple data centers to move the corporate IT footprint to a central facility.

To complete this process, the news source said businesses need to begin by evaluating the systems they have in place, then move on to developing a consolidation strategy, implementing the shift and getting used to managing their consolidated data centers.

When data center systems have been consolidated, the impact on the network can be considerable. As a result, organizations often have to address data throughput issues when working with a consolidated data center environment.

One area where this is especially true is when hosting an enterprise video platform in a consolidated data center. Instead of keeping video in servers at each office and sending content through the LAN to end users, the system has to depend heavily on the WAN infrastructure for delivery. The WAN has severe bandwidth limitations that cannot be easily overcome through optimization and similar popular tools.

Instead, businesses frequently have to look to video-specific technologies, such as peer-assisted delivery, enterprise content delivery networks and multicasting when developing their strategies to overcome bandwidth limitations within the WAN. Such solutions often provide the most cost-effective method to overcome network challenges when working to deliver video from a centralized data center location.