Startup advice for hardware & config
Posted on 2012-08-16
Im in IT and specialise in virtualisation and DR so this isnt really my forte. A friend has asked me what he needs to start a new business. E.g. What server, what OS, exchange vs gmail? Can you have exchange on the same server as the DC (trying to keep costs down so 1 server that does all would be great) .... etc
I dont have a lot of experience in design so I could really use some help here.
- It's a 5 man show max with the potential to have remote sites being added in the future. What server would you recommend ... HP vs Dell?
- Exchange vs gmail? Which one would you recommend? If exchange (my pref but probably more expensive) and only 1 server for the business, can it be run on the DC or do you need a separate server?
- What router would you advise that has a firewall and spam filtering tech (draytek , cisco?) Or any further advice here would be welcome.
- Finally - on a totally different subject, who would you recommend they host their website with, taking into account cost and uptime and customer service etc?
I would love some detailed answers here, and appreciate any help I can get.