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Finewood based in Brighton with regional offices in the UK and Asia, like so many small businesses had grown over time, adding more and more employees, without
really considering their IT structure. They used Microsoft PEER to PEER networking to allow file and printer sharing, this was fine but introduced problems such as duplication of work,
security issues, and potential data loss through sporadic storage and backup policies.
They approached MTec with an idea of what they wanted to do, and ask us to investigate and specify suitable solutions, after consulting and carrying out a needs analysis with Finewood. We specified MicroSoft Small Business Server, running on an ACER Altos G530 SCSI RAID server. This provided the required level of data protection and failsafe. For backup of data a TANBERG removable disk device was used to allow removal from site of backups, in addition the server was fitted with a bulk backup drive to allow easy access to backups if needed.
Microsoft exchange server was implemented on the server allowing Finewood to control their email, and a server based file structure was established for storage of company data. This meant all users (with necessary permissions) could access files from a common location. Further more using the VPN connectivity set up by MTec users can now access files anywhere in the world.
For Internet connectivity at the various offices, Draytek routers were specified. These provided the necessary security, reliability and VPN connectivity that Finewood required. Whilst being easy to implement and manage.