I'm in need of some guidance regarding a new project I'm about to start. To give you a little background I handle about 15 different clients. My larges client only has 3 servers and about 30 users. For the past 15 years I've handle very small business with one or two servers. The routine admin stuff for small domains.
This new project belongs to my oldest client that has started selling franchises thought out the united states. They estimate about 30 new sites in the next 13 months. I have very little time to create a Network Operations Center. The company expect to add 30 sites a year or more to a total of about 300. so far 15 have been sold but contsturctions will not start for another few months, so I guess this is really happening.
As you can imagine I'm a little bit out of my comfort zone.
My main question is how to handle the data. Right now we have 4 centers with a PDC and a BDC out of corp office. All connecting through vpn to corp to access files (mostly excel and word). Each center has 6 computers and all centers have about 25 MB of bandwidth. No real problems from about 10 years with this setup.
My intent is to build the infrastructure for 200 sites with 6 computers in each site. I want to divide the country into time zones and create a domain in each time zone. I was thinking a PDC and BDC per zone and VPN from each site. I know I'm really behind the times on a lot of this stuff and there might be a better way to handle this. All of our emails will be handled by Office 365 by the way.
Well at least this will start the conversation and I hope to hear from someone with the best way to handle something like this.