Small Business Network suggestions, Please
Posted on 2006-03-27
I have 8 years experience administering networks for small businesses up to a dozen or so workstations and a single server. A potential client called to discuss setting up a new business, a realty office, with up to 50 realtors with workstations.
They need 2 things: Internet (easy enough) and storage for large amounts of high resolution pictures. The workstations need access to the data (pictures) locally, and everything else is done online, so no business application or such. They will need remote access to the data, as well.
They need reliable storage for lots of data, indicating a server with SCSI drives and a RAID setup. Great, I love that. I quickly realized that 50 client licenses for a Network OS to get access to data will add greatly to the cost of the system. And it is looking like a need for storage more than a need for giving and restricting access, such as I am used to. I'm thinking maybe my experience may not be the best or most efficient solution for this situation.
So my question is this: What would you do to provide 50 workstations with reliable access to a large amount of data. A Windows Server with the necessary licenses or is there a better solution?
All applicable experience appreciated!