Are you ready for a Cloud Based IT System?
We understand that for many small and medium sized businesses, there are legacy issues with software and data. But for new businesses this is the type of network system that we recommend: A simple Peer to Peer network with a Shared Printer and a Shared Network Storage Drive to keep all files centrally within the premises.
In addition, many businesses choose to use a remote internet server facility from Google or Microsoft to act as a Workgroup and Email Server. This works in the same way as above except that the Storage Drive is ‘Cloud’ based.
When these systems were first used, they were used in conjunction with cloud based Applications (Office 365 and Google Office), but for many users Internet speed (or lack of it) was a problem. So in recent times, Microsoft offer an Office 365 version which allows you to download and install the application programs on your local workstation so that only the file data travels via the Internet, with much increased reliability.
Even for companies who need to use database file sharing or (what used to be) a local intranet; this can all now be done using Cloud Based systems. Ever increasing broadband speeds and the increasing availability of fibre based broadband is doing much to facilitate cloud based networks with cloud based storage and applications in common use.
The diagram below shows a typical Peer to Peer local network with added local Data Storage and optional Cloud based Storage.