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network design question

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I have a potential client who does not have a server, presently, who might be looking to get one depending on the quesiton I'm about to ask.  There seems to be 5 workstations/laptops in the office and what the client would like is to have a centralized place where all the documents can reside and have the 5 machines be able to access them.  From what I was told, over the phone, all machines are in a WORKGROUP so they should be able to get to the files, but I believe that what he is looking for is more of a business feel for his business.  I also believe that he presently does have some type of permission to some of the files/folders.  My question really begins by asking how to design this network?  Also, he mentioned that he would like to some how backup all machines, but how?  He also mentioned that he would prefer to back this up to the cloud, but I need some suggestions and possibly a cost for this service?  
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