We have a SharePoint 2010 intranet that is heavily used for document management. We are about to open a second office interstate and want to ensure the best experience for them speed-wise. We are installing a 20Mbps dedicated data pipe between the offices and will be using WAN accelerators.
Are there any SharePoint systems that we should be considering to give our interstate colleagues the fastest access to the intranet? For example, I have thought about putting a web front end down at their office or even a dedicated SQL Server that hosts their most frequently accessed sites in local content databases. However, running a distributed farm sounds risky, particularly the database side.
Is there something on the SharePoint side we should bring in to our plans or is our current strategy of throwing heavy duty IT resources at a centralised system the best approach?
We can't run separate farms in different locations - everything needs to be accessible from everywhere else.