We are a growing company with approximately 50 users in total. (A head office with 20 users, the remaining 30 or so work out of one of three remote offices.. a couple users work from home)
Here's a typical rundown of some of the documents we work with:
- A team of roughly 8 AutoCad Draftsman that work with large AutoCAD drawings as well as specialized 3D Lofting files and databases
- 4 staff work with Sage Accounting Software (the accounting files are Server based and network shared)
- 2 Graphics Designers that utilize the ADOBE suite of products, these girls work extensively with Adobe Photoshop and and other graphics programs
- Everyone else (Including the above) regularly use the MS Office package (Word, Excel, Outlook) plus Adobe Acrobat for PDF creation.
We manage all of the above on MS Servers, our servers employ typical functions. Eg: (Domain Controller, Active Directory, Group Policy enforcement, Exchange 2007, Network DNS, Network Security Management, Patch Management, Printer Sharing, Manage user accounts and groups on the network, Manage backup, restore, and data storage, and so on).
Company now uses Office 2007 that is nearing end-of-life.
Our SBS 2008 servers are old now (8 years) and getting really slow and glitchy. Something needs to be done. Our IT Person recommends replacing the servers with one new server and Visualize it. He also suggests taking the email outside and host it Online with Microsoft in the cloud and continue to keep company data in-house (not in cloud for cost savings and also it works fine with VPN and RDP)
We host a web based application developed from scratch using a product named: AlphaAnywhere
This application is for our companies two marine brokerage businesses: Essentially an inventory of Used Commercial Boats and Fishing Licenses that we broker for clients.
Question: Could we not just use our host web server computer (it is not a dedicated server but rather Virtual at $149 monthly) to fulfill the functions of our on-site servers outlined above + perhaps store all company data (2 TB and growing). No active directory etc or domain controller; but rather, authenticate via website login.
As part of this process we hire a developer to re-code our websites application to integrate all users files and folders (into the website) so all they need do is log-in the website for remote access. In addition, and most importantly, our revised website would form the foundation of a company-wide CRM system whereby all company databases would be imported into it and linked together,
Any thoughts as to cost and feasibility?
PS> Is it customarily safe to integrate or link the above into a public web server? Even with login security it seems might present a security risk??