Hello. I am in desperate need of some technical advice. I need to order equipment for my office, but am not sure what I need.
Recently the company I work for made a decision to produce all our flyer completely in house. Where as previously we were drawing comps and sending them to our print company to be produced. I have been designated to lead our company into this process, but with my limited technical skills, I have a lot of questions. Mainly how we should set up our network, and what we should have for equipment.
Currently we only have two designers (myself and one other), but hope to hire more in the future. We each have Macintosh G4 computers running OS X. and we have a third computer, an older G3 running OS 9.2, which we use with our scanner, and an older burner. We are a small part of a large office building, and are all connected to a main network, and will need to remain this way do to security issues. What we have started to do, is save our flyers and all their linked images on this third computer. This way we can both access them, and work on pages in the same flyer simultaneously. But we are running into allot of problems. If anyone tries to scan something, it causes our connections to crash. Also there is currently a lot of files which cannot yet be deleted on this computer, so we are quickly running out of storage space.
We will need to have anywhere from 10 - 20 flyers active at one time, with a total estimated size of anywhere from 300 - 400GB. Both of us will need to have access to all the pages for every flyer. And not slow each other down if someone is scanning…etc. We will also need some kind of automated backup system that can hold large files.
I am wondering about a server? or just firewire drives? Exabyte, or some kind of tape drive? Also someone mentioned using air port or a router…will stop connections from slowing you down? I really don't know what we should do, and am open to all kinds of suggestions, but we do plan to stick with a Macintosh setup. If possible could you give me a best plan of action, and then maybe a cheaper one…as sometimes it is hard to convince the company to spend allot of money.
Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated! If you need more information to better understand my situation, please don't hesitate to ask.