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Best advice for accessing large graphic files on a network.Onsite and offsite

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Hello Experts,
I have a new client they have 4 x windows 7 workstations, they are growing and they now want a new centralized server.
Alongside normal Microsoft Office documents and Sage accounts, they have 100-200 GB of graphics data , in various formats such as 3d studio Max and Photoshop.
they would like the ability to access these remotely and when onsite at the office. I wonder what would be the best technology / setup onsite to help with this. If they are working remotely at home they may need access to a particular file. Down the line they may want to share these files with their clients in some trust access area (ftp type access).
Their current broadband is 13MB download and 1MB upload, so we are looking into this too, to help with remote access bandwidth.
So what type of hardware & software blend should we be considering?
Any suggestions , thanks in advance.
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by:Rob Williams
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In my opinion your only option is a terminal server (now called an RDS server) that supports Remote FX (RDP on steroids).  Any form of VPN, SharePoint, or other remote file access with large files is almost useless due to bandwidth, especially with only 1MB up.  A Terminal Server is very good in these situations however traditional Terminal Services does not handle graphics or streaming media well.  Remote FX, now available with Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012, far out preforms the older terminal services and is ideal for graphics applications.  Terminal Services also keeps all data on the corporate site and allows for central control.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff817578(v=ws.10).aspx
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by:Dave Baldwin
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For users accustomed to 100Mbps in the office, 1Mbps is going to be Awful slow.  Really Awful.  Look first at the cost of business/fiber ethernet at 50Mbps plus.  Comcast in the US offers 50Mbps and 100Mbps service in some locations.
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by:Rob Williams
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Though a better internet connection is always better, Remote FX will work fine with 1MB as no data is transferred, just screen refreshes.  Citrix would be another option but a little more expensive.
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sounds like a candidate for Citrix.
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Aside from Citrix/Terminal Services (now Remote Desktop Services), you could explore options from Riverbed as they have a mobile client for out of office users.  They are specialists in bandwidth optimization and for the most part, their products are placed in-line with your internet connection.

Below is a solutions brief:
http://www.riverbed.com/assets/media/documents/data_sheets/DataSheet-Riverbed-FamilyProduct.pdf

If you're interested, I work for a VAR that resells products from Riverbed, so if you need pricing or more info, let me know.

Hope this helps.
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by:unrealone1
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Ok I am still currently looking into this.
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by:Michael Rodríguez
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BOX may be worth checking out too.  I know you didn't mention you were looking for a "cloud" based solution, but this may make it easier to share access to files and connectivity is secure.  If you're familiar with dropbox, this is like that but with more features and control.

https://www.box.com/signup/o/sendlargefiles
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Helpful - thank you
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by:Michael Rodríguez
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Glad to have been of help.

Take care!
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