Help me learn about my IT needs
May 24, 2012 1:04 PM Subscribe
I am looking for some resources for a non-IT person who needs to solve the IT needs of a small but growing consultancy business. Heavy snowfall inside.
I have about 7 people working in a consultancy business and growing. My old server (and clients) are basically crap and need replacing.
I would like to understand what people are offering me and why. One IT provider suggested a 6k server with room for 100 users, plus firewall and stuff - a 10k bill total. No idea why he chose these specs, or what I will be able to do with them. I don't even know if, after purchase, he will inform me that I need to spend another 5k to get it running.
I'm a bit out of my depth, and I want to get a basic understanding of the options. Like: can I skip the whole server buying and move to an Amazon server? But what with remote access then? Can I install VPNs to access Dropbox/Amazon so that only certain machines can access my company's info?
At this time, all I have is questions. I'd like to know where to find some answers. Blogs, books, whitepapers, contacts of friendly people who want to hope me, anything is welcome. Thank you in advance.