Networks, Data Storage and Backup
This is the basic underling infrastructure in any office and how we keep it safe.
How do we communicate with each other and how do our customers reach us? Where is all my data and how do I and my staff access it?
When your server goes POP how fast before you are working again?
With many years of experience we know how to help you get working and stay working efficiently and cost effectively as possible. This page should give you a guide of the points to consider when working out what are the right options for you to choose for your organisation.
When you set-up your office, you need your computers and internet access.
But what about printers, copiers, scanners, faxes and cameras?
Where do you save Files – what about data storage?
What are you doing to backup things?
How do all the bits connect together?
How do you make it all secure?
How do you access it remotely – at home or on your phone?
How do you link offices together for voice and data?
As well as the traditional people working at desk, more and more you and your staff will need to access your office information from anywhere and how you set up the office has an impact on this.
You need somewhere to store all your files and data, traditional this has been a server that requires licences for each user who wishes to access it. This rapidly becomes expensive, which is why Network Attached Storage (NAS) was developed. It performs exactly the same storage function, but without the licensing costs, can still be backed up to tape/disk, or to storage on the Internet.
Most people recognise the importance of backing their data, very few do it effectively. You may change the “tape” every day, but did it back up everything? Can you restore the file that got corrupted 3 days ago? How long before the new server is working if the current unit fails?
With machine failure, most backup plans rely on you waiting a few days while your IT infrastructure is re-purchased and re built. For most of us that is just too long.
These days “tape” has often been replaced by mini hard drives in a case, just like a tape and there is back up to the Internet.
If you are backing up to the Internet, why not just keep and access the data from there? We can show you how to enable document collaboration with many people sharing documents and having automatic storage of each iteration.
There is no point in having all your data safe but you can’t use it as you don’t have the right hardware (computers, tape drives etc.) to read it. In the worst case scenario where you can’t access your office then you will need the programs and tape drives to read the tapes etc elsewhere (someone’s home) or if they are available you have to wait a day for delivery of new items, or you could backup to the Internet. This is one of the many reasons why Cloud Computing is popular.