Nortel Simplifies Branch Office Computing with ’IT-Thin’ Solution
Nortel is introducing a new product designed to enable enterprises to simplify and consolidate the networking infrastructure, computing infrastructure, IT support, and storage requirements of their branch offices, resulting in improved productivity and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
By providing these benefits in a single, agile platform, the Business Continuity System (BCS) 3000 is designed to enable enterprise customers to migrate to an "IT-Thin" branch office architecture that reduces computing and network infrastructure total cost of ownership by as much as 55%, based on internal studies conducted on customer data.
In addition, because it was specifically designed to accommodate change – better integrating new technologies such as WAN optimization, network management and security – the BCS 3000 enables IT staff to be more agile in responding to changing computing requirements and increase network efficiency.
Nortel recognizes that the branch office model will be transformed to better align with the new realities of the distributed enterprise that have multiple geographically dispersed locations. The advanced system architecture delivers enhanced management capabilities and can readily embed modules from other industry leaders like Microsoft.
The Nortel BCS 3000 Branch Office configuration embeds Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 and takes advantage of the security, networking and directory technologies in the Windows Server platform. This helps ensure that the BCS 3000 is better able to seamlessly integrate with widely used Microsoft networking services, Windows desktop environments and Windows security features.
The BCS 3000 is targeted at reducing total branch office computing costs by:
• Enabling an "IT-Thin" branch office architecture with no impact to end-user productivity – reducing the amount of IT technology and skilled resources required at each remote location
• Reducing communication costs by increasing existing WAN link efficiency between the branch office and main enterprise locations
• Enhancing monitoring and management features to provide global visibility and control of the entire network from a single centralized location
Internal deployment within Nortel of the wide area file sharing (WAFS) capabilities on the BCS 3000 has been shown to reduce WAN file sharing traffic by up to 90%, with typical WAN bandwidth savings of 20%. WAN acceleration features for opening and writing remote files anywhere in the network were shown to improve end user responsiveness from 68% to 99%, based on estimates provided by Brocade Communications.
A proof point of this platform agility is the BCS 3000 configuration for the Data Center. By integrating Nortel's proven storage extension technology from the Optical Metro portfolio and leveraging the BCS 3000 system architecture, Nortel has expanded its innovative industry storage extension portfolio with the BCS 3000. The BCS 3000 Data Center configuration is designed to enable enterprises to increase WAN efficiency, natively consolidate data (IP) and storage (Fibre Channel/FICON) into a common WAN link and delivers time-of-day multi-protocol bandwidth management to prioritize WAN traffic to the required application at the required time of day.
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