Replacing and backing up office server / Moving to cloud server
We have an ancient server running in our office that needs to be replaced and properly backed up. Our goal is ultimately to move to cloud server. Following is our IT response:
Configure and ship a small HP brick server to be used to host applications to ECH.
Purchase and ship a Datto device to Solve IT Solutions
Configure the Datto device as required for initial link and then ship to Hawaii
Once both the server and Datto devices are received in Hawaii, connect the server to domain and migrate over applications
Create a virtual data center on our hosting platform only because we know the interoperability’s of it inside and out. This is information on our data center that we use and note that it is one of the largest in the world: https://www.switch.com. This is not owned by Solve IT Solutions (Although I wish I had stock) Microsoft Azure is basically a hosting platform that is similar to the ones that we use that runs out of datacenters like these.
In your virtual data center, we will create a domain controller and a virtual router.
Connect a site to site vpn a connection between your office and the virtual data center
Migrate your Domain Controller to the cloud server
Demote the on-site server and take offline to save for the time being.
Configure the Datto device to backup the onsite VM’s in encrypted format
Test the entire operation and ensure that all applications are working as required as well as log on and log off capabilities.
Once up and operating smoothly over the course of the next monthly move to phase II
Create a new Virtual machine in the cloud data center and test going down the application list to include: BE Studio, EyeSuite and Optos. Each one of these could be performed as its own project and would have to be time & material based as we will not be sure of the time needed to configure these applications since we will have little to no support from the vendors.
As one application is configured in the cloud, we move to the next application.
One caveat to this whole proposal is that it would have to be setup in our datacenter for several reasons:
We charge for the hosting of the server and it also includes Managed Services.
We of course, as the designers of the solution, want ability to resell the services and reap the profits from the hosting and assume the liability of the hosting of these services.
We have the entire process streamlined on our hosting platform that makes it easier for us to maintain and manage. The time that we would quote on this project would be based on something we have done many times over and are comfortable with and know inside and out. We do not stray from our platform because it is what we know best. It would be like saying to you that we wanted you to perform an eye operation on a patient using new equipment for the first time with no training.
Just as an added extra bonus, our hosting platform that we use on the back end has been awarded many awards and has a 99.9% uptime:"
Opinions about the plan?
1) What brick server options would you recommend? We are only storing databases from various medical equipment and networking 20-30 workstations/devices. We use GSuite for all other functions. We are also moving towards ChromeOS devices for basic workstations. Please ask any questions about our needs.
2) I understand that Datto is the "gold standard" for backup and restore. I also like the idea of being able to run off the Datto if the server crashed. Opinions? Is there a cheaper option (ie ShadowProtect + hybrid device) that would do the same thing, particularly since this would be an interim device until we are fully cloud based?