The following solutions are not mutually exclusive and are typically combined to yield an overall network solution. No two businesses are alike, and neither are network requirements, let Internet Innovations Group architect the right solution for you.
Internet and Print Sharing Networks
- By far, one of the most common use of a network in small businesses is to provide high speed Internet access and print sharing. For Small and Midsize businesses this type of network typically shares DSL or Cable service(s).
- This type of network typically consist of one or many Modems, Firewalls, Routers, Wireless Access Points, Switches, Network Cards and a Rack system for larger networks.
- This type of network typically requires Internet Innovations Group networking services for planning, purchasing, setup, and configuration of the above technologies. Configuration requirements also include virus protection, malware protection, and Internet filtering. In addition, some will require network wiring services.
- The technologies and services outlined above are also the same for the creation of a basic Ethernet or Wireless Network
File Sharing Networks
- File sharing networks typically come in three flavors: Peer to Peer, where users share and access files from each others computers; Traditional File Server, where a central computer/server shares files to the computers on the network, and the latest trend Network Accessible Storage (NAS) or for larger networks Storage Area Network (SAN), where one or various storage devices are attached directly to the network and shared to the network users and servers.
- This type of network typically consist of an underlying Ethernet or Wireless Network for connectivity, Windows desktop OS, Microsoft Windows Server, NAS devices, and SAN devices.
- This type of network typically requires Internet Innovations Group networking services for planning, purchasing, setup, and configuration of the above technologies. Configuration requirement also include file and user access security, virus protection, and backup configuration.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
- Although the idea that your business will burn down or flood or suffer from a natural disaster seems unlikely to most, the fact that at some point someone will accidentally delete a critical files, a hard drive will crash, a server will not boot, a network device will fail, are all a matter of when, not if.
- In layman terms, Disaster Recovery deals with having data available off-site and also encompasses planning for facility, resources, and processes recovery elsewhere; Business Continuity deals with having data and redundant devices onsite to minimize downtime when something or someone fails.
- Disaster Recovery, encompassing IT only, typically calls for off-site backups via tape, hard drive cartridges and similar technologies. The latest trend makes use of high-speed internet for online backups.
- Business Continuity typically calls for redundant components within network servers and devices, redundant internet connectivity, attached storage backups of files, databases, applications, desktop images, server images.
- Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery requires Internet Innovations Group networking services for planning, purchasing, setup, and configuration of the above technologies. Key to the success of these solutions also includes, testing, documentation, training and monitoring services.
Remote Access and Wide Area Networking
- Whether it be a mobile user, offsite worker, or an entire satellite office needing access to your network files, printing, applications, and so on, today's technology coupled with high speed Internet access makes remote access a very popular solution.
- Furthermore, the latest trends in Cloud Computing has resulted in businesses storing and using files and applications on remote servers.
- Remote Access comes in three flavors: Remote Files Access which allows users to access files remotely, Client Server whereby a web application or other client software accessing data from a server, and lastly Remote Control whereby a remote user takes remote control of a computer or virtual environment on a server remotely.
- These type of solutions requires Internet Innovations Group networking services for planning, purchasing, setup, and configuration of the above scenarios. Key to the success of this type of solution is documentation, training and support services.
- Configurations typically need to account for Internet access, remote user computer configuration, server configuration, user and security management.
- Perhaps one of the biggest opportunities in small and Midsize business is the use of Virtualization in the networks. Virtualization is not only for big business, small business virtualization technology is inexpensive and can yield great small business benefits.
- Virtualization is the creating a "virtual" machine that acts like a real computer. These virtual environments allow for the optimization of resources and in turn cost optimization when investing in hardware. These virtual environments consist of native files that can be copied, moved, backed up, restored, and hosted on several platforms.
- Virtualization can be used for server or desktop virtualization. It is a great tool for system deployment, test environments, business continuity, disaster recovery, version control, training, redundancy, resource distribution, and many more practical applications.
- The most prominent tool sets for Virtualization come from Microsoft and VMWare. As with many technology decision what vendor you select, what products you use, how you license and configure the products all depend on the business requirements.