Lotus Notes and Domino provide the benefit of working “locally,” using local replicas of Notes applications/databases. The main benefit—and the original idea behind the local-replica mode—is to allow users to work while offline or when connected via slow networks (dialup, reduced bandwidth, etc.). Users can do their work, reply to mail messages, access applications, etc., and then connect and replicate, simply and painlessly.
However, most Lotus Notes users today can connect via the Internet, Wireless Cards, etc., and most of these ISPs provide excellent speeds, which begs the question: Is it still a good idea to deploy local mail file replicas, and what are the benefits, considerations, and best practices for doing so?
Over the years, it’s been common for companies to debate whether to deploy local replicas vs. server replicas for their employees, even if they are working on site when the servers and users are all on the same LAN.
Most organizations have based their decision on technical needs, security, user training, and the level of support they can provide (since they now have an additional configuration to support); however, the debate continues for some others.
So, the purpose of this article is to clarify why—or if—local replicas are a good option for your environment and how you can deploy this option.