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    My wife is in the process of setting up a new business - requires 4 terminals, access to a MFD device and either a local server or cloud based to store everything.
    Can't take the current IT but it's all crap anyway, so fresh start.

    Any advice on what to buy / where to look and best options.

    Cheers.

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    If you're starting fresh with no legacy, then do as much in the cloud as you can.

    So 4 laptops, with Office 365 E3 subscriptions, some tinternets with a wireless router and a wireless MFD. Sorted.

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    Wired CAT6 into a Checkpoint 730, if the Checkpoint is too pricey Draytek Vigor (but I'm not up to date with their model numbers)
    If you buy the Checkpoint and need help configuring it, give me a shout and I'll help out assuming the office is localish, I'll offer advice remotely anyway, but they are pretty easy to set up. There is a version with WiFi if she wants it.

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    Office is Colchester area.

    I'm a fan of cloud based computing so I'd push that for her as long as all the systems they need will work on it.
    One thing she's asked for is a shared file location (shared drive effectively) but also personal storage for each user, is that easy to configure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8-Powered View Post
    Office is Colchester area.

    I'm a fan of cloud based computing so I'd push that for her as long as all the systems they need will work on it.
    One thing she's asked for is a shared file location (shared drive effectively) but also personal storage for each user, is that easy to configure?
    OneDrive for personal storage, then Sharepoint for anything company wide. It's all pretty simple.

    Saves having to buy hardware for onsite storage and then worrying about backing it up and disaster recovery... although in the longer term you should look in to backing up your 365 data if you want to be able to do historical restores of files, etc..

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    ...and don't worry about a phone system/telephone lines either.

    Get 4 RingCentral licenses and some headsets for the laptops (and haggle because they do offer good discounts).



    (you could get a call package for Teams which is part of O365, but RC imho is a better, more reliable solution, even if you do end up doubling up on IM tools).

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    Great advice, thanks.

    She is worried about security and data back-up as its financial services. Guess a lot of it depends whether the system they use, Intelliflo, can be cloud hosted I guess?

    The phone system sounds ideal, I was pushing her to look at a VOIP system instead of hardwired lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8-Powered View Post

    She is worried about security
    The small Checkpoint firewalls are good value for money, but I believe Paolo Alto are also good value, but I've no experience of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8-Powered View Post
    Great advice, thanks.

    She is worried about security and data back-up as its financial services. Guess a lot of it depends whether the system they use, Intelliflo, can be cloud hosted I guess?

    The phone system sounds ideal, I was pushing her to look at a VOIP system instead of hardwired lines.
    Always, always use MFA with o365, it's really simple to setup and isn't as intrusive as you'd expect, if you use the same PC all the time you might only need to do the MFA every 90 days.

    I've never come across Inteliflo, it may be that there's a SaaS version, if not you could run it on an IaaS platform, but that would work out expensive quickly.

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    Always, always use MFA with o365, it's really simple to setup and isn't as intrusive as you'd expect, if you use the same PC all the time you might only need to do the MFA every 90 days.

    I've never come across Inteliflo, it may be that there's a SaaS version, if not you could run it on an IaaS platform, but that would work out expensive quickly.
    Unsure what SaaS and LaaS is but I'll investigate anyway.
    Likelihood is that they'll be using their own station solely, so MFA should be fine for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8-Powered View Post
    Unsure what SaaS and LaaS is but I'll investigate anyway.
    Likelihood is that they'll be using their own station solely, so MFA should be fine for them.
    Software As A Service and Infrastructure As A Service. Basically, things you would traditionally have on-premises, but can now be cloud-hosted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Just spoke to my wife, Intelliflo has confirmed Cloud based so looks like an easy solution for her business. 👍

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    I think 'Cloud First' is by far the best strategy for startups with no legacy kit or software.

    I'm old school IT, I love boxes of kit to play with, but even I have to admit that The Cloud is the garlic bread of our time!

    ...and I'm not just saying that because I'm off to Amazon in Shoreditch on Wednesday for AWS training

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    Must admit I'm a bit old school too and like to see things in front of me but Cloud seems to work so seamlessly.
    They are migrating all their old databases on to Intelliflo, so other than Office etc there isn't much they'll need.

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