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Cisco Networking Simplified, Second Edition by Paul Della Maggiora, Neil Anderson, Jim Doherty

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Chapter . Wide Area File Services

Branch Offices Rule

Once upon a time, the corporate headquarters was king, with the majority of employees who worked for the company going to work at the headquarters. In the service economy, companies needed geographic coverage and local offices near their customers, which fueled an explosion of branch offices.

A branch office can be anything from a gas station or convenience store, to a retail store in a shopping mall, to a stock-trading location, to your local bank branch.

Branch offices are everywhere. Just like in the headquarters location, applications that run in the data center have file storage requirements are also required in branch offices. So there has also been an explosion in local file servers in ...

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