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 Business Networks
Not all networks are equal. Some take considerably more time and skill to setup than others. We often come across networks which have been 'setup' by a friend who "knows about computers" or installed by a local retail shop who also "does networking". Larger companies often lack the vision or confidence to stray off the beaten path, sticking stubbornly to what they know. This often leads them to choose a Microsoft product, when there are considerably cheaper and better alternatives.

We invest large amounts of time in seeking, researching, and testing both hardware and software. By doing so, we are able to offer our clients the best possible solutions, without bias towards any particular company, brand or product. The following Network Types describe the various ways in which a Network can be configured. In order to protect our investment, we have deliberately omitted details of the particular technologies used.

   Type 1 - Peer to Peer, Single Seat Workstations

This is the simplest, quickest, and consequently cheapest, form of network setup there is. It is only suitable for those on the tightest of budgets. Workstations have internet access and can print to any printer on the network, but a backup system is not included. We strongly recommend that anyone using a Type 1 Network upgrades to at least a Type 3 network at the earliest possible opportunity.

We support Type 1 Networks on both Windows and Linux.

   Type 2 - Peer to Peer, Multiseat Workstations

Not a network type as such, but this option needs to be considered when planning a network install. Multiseat Workstations allow multiple users to use the same computer, at the same time, by adding additional keyboards, mice and monitors. They're most appropriately used in schools, libraries and internet cafes, but they can also be used in small businesses to reduce hardware costs when users are seated close together. While hardware is available to allow a user to connect to the workstation from another location, this would essentially be identical to using Thin Clients with Remote Desktop Services (categorised as Type 7 on this page).

We only support Type 2 Networks on Windows as Linux Networks are better setup as Type 7.

   Type 3 - Peer to Peer Workstations + Backup

Identical to a Type 1 Network but with the added security of having a centralised backup. This is one of our more popular network setups. By combining standard server hardware and open source software (such as ZFS) we are able to deliver a backup solution which is considerably cheaper and better than any proprietary NAS box.

Because NAS boxes contain proprietary hardware and software, neither of which can be modified, their functionality is severely restricted. Also due to their proprietary nature, at least two of these NAS boxes are required to protect against hardware failure. This is why we believe our standard server and open source solution is a significantly better approach.

We support Type 3 Networks on both Windows and Linux.

   Type 4 - Workstations + Server + Backup

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   Type 5 - Workstations + File Server + Folder & Disk Redirection

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   Type 6 - Workstations + Directory Server + Basic Configuration

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   Type 7 - Thin Clients + Remote Desktop Services (Formally Terminal Services)

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   Type 8 - Multi-Tenancy Networks

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   Type 9 - Multi-Site Networks

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   Type 10 - Advanced Multi-Type Networks

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   Maintenance Contracts

Unlike most companies, we don't wait for something to go wrong before we fix it. We believe it is in both our interests to carry out preventative maintenance. When building and maintaining networks, we always apply the adages "prevention is better than cure" and "be prepared". This is why we try to anticipate and prevent problems from occurring, but when they do occur, ensure we're prepared for them. Being prepared reduces the time and expense it then takes to fix the problem.

For more detailed information about our backup & business continuity solutions click here.
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