Open source platforms to setup a new startup Office

Dear Wizards, can we have some solutions (Open source) to setup networking environment for startup (small) company. We knew some things like:
- Firewall/Router: Sophos XG Home, pfSense
- Storage: FreeNAS, XPenology
- PC: Ubuntu, OpenOfficce

How about the Switch? Is there any Open Source ISO file that we can use to simulate the Switch (let's say Cisco :))

Many thanks!
LVL 5
DP230Network AdministratorAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Depends on how many users you have behind your networking.

If you have less than 50, just setup client machines to connect directly to your WiFi connection.

So your ISP will provide your router. Set your router to bridge mode + disable any onboard WiFi settings.

Then setup high speed WiFi (1G+) for all your office connections, so any file transfers or communications or any other operations between onsite users will be fast.

Then just use Ubuntu + OpenOffice + Chrome on all your in house machines.

For firewall tech, likely you won't require any. If you do, just setup a common set of iptables rules for all your client machines. I do this via a script named firewall, which runs at boot time.

Storage is easy too. Get an Ethernet or Thunderbolt based Dobro unit + populate it with fast Seagate 12TB+ drives (which are dirt cheap now).

Get your Dobro boxes + bare disk drives off Amazon.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft Office

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.