The firm is building a brand new second office a kilometer up the street. Completion date is looking like end of 2014. As part of the IT infrastructure planning, I'm hoping to gather some fresh ideas to put forward.
The building will house approx. 50 employees and consist of 4+1 floors (+ being the basement). The server room location has yet to be set. As long as the builders can guarantee that the room won't be flooded, I don't care which floor they will put it on (thoughts?).
We will have a 100Mbps/100Mbps up/down fibre internet connection for the data network and a separate 10/10 bonded t1 wan connection for the VOIP network.
As for the LAN networking, the voip and data network will be totally segregated as well on different switches. I'd put a networking closet on each floor with 2x switches each and patch panels. 2 data drops (data and voip) to each workstation from the switches on the same floor.
In terms of data access, we foresee having a SAN on-site hosting the shared drives, but we do have Sharepoint Online and the possibility of moving all of our files to the Sharepoint Cloud portal is also there. This is iffy right now because we are concerned that the speed of accessing files on the cloud would be unacceptable moving from a LAN environment.
Now, as for the networking infrastructure, I have a few scenarios to choose from that I'd like some suggestions on.
1. WAN - get 100/100 or gigabit for the data network?
2. LAN Backbone (data network) - fibre or Cat6 between the switches?
3. workstations - fibre or cat6 from switch to desk?
Considering future proofing, price / performance, what would you guys suggest?? I've got a blank slate here, suggestions on any aspect of this new building project would be welcome!
Thank you in advance!