As to the printers you will learn that either you get network (ethernet) printers or ones with wifi. USB connected to the router are irksome for most.
And about the Apple. Apple has their cloud. But remember that any sane business would have local copies for when the country turns off the internet.
Due to the recession our
company has gone from employing 20 people down to just 5 now. We are in
the process of moving to smaller premises and therefore as part of this move we
are looking at our IT set up.
We currently have a managed service provided by an
outside organisation which is basically a server box with a couple of hard
drives in a raid configuration. It is a Linux based system and the company look
after the updates/upgrades/security etc.
Software is on each user's machine on volume licensing,
along with desktop security.
We are considering moving to a more
"cloud" based/hosted option as well as potentially moving over to
Apple laptops, using Office 365 as opposed to desktop copies, and subscribing
to a hosted storage provider to store our files that are currently stored on
the server hard drives.
We provide research and consultancy services so
there is no real requirement for specialist software or specialist needs aside
from access email/files when out of the office.
We also currently have a couple of networked
(wired) printers that we use too.
I guess my question is, are we able to do this and
do we really need a physical server in the office or can we just plug in a
wireless router, and use the online services to do the job? Is there a requirement
for a special router or is a standard wireless router ok to sort out 5 machines
accessing the internet/downloading email etc. at once?
In terms of data security would we best to have some form of
physical drive in the office that also stores a copy of the data - is this do
able in terms of keeping all the data up to date - cloud and physical? For
example someone mentioned Time Capsule - is this something that would work in a
We also want to try and just have a wireless network rather
than a full on wired one (to keep costs down) is the best way to do this just
to plug a wireless router into the broadband plug and drop the two printers off
the back of this router through the wired ports?
Is there anything else that we need to consider - e.g.
security issues surrounding the wireless network? Or any other options that may
provide a better solution?
Thanks in advance for any advice!