I had a meeting with a local company yesterday and as part of that meeting was a review of the systems they already had in place. So all the desktops, servers, routers, printers, routers and switches were all documented and then I asked the client “what do you think is the most critical piece of hardware within your business?” He replied “That’s easy – it has to be my desktop as without it I lose the ability to do any work”. I disagreed.
I pointed out that the files that he uses on a daily basis were infact not on his desktop but stored on the server and then shared across the network. If his computer died he could go and purchase another one that day, connect it up the network and retrieve his files without a lot of effort. “Ah but what about my emails?” “They are backed up to the server every night and anyway you have access to webmail”.
So you might be thinking at this point the the server would be the most critical piece of hardware within this business but again I would disagree and I shall explain why. The setup is as follows:
This particular business has five desktops which all connect to a Windows Server which stores all their files. The desktops back up their emails (pst file) to the server every night and the server itself is backed up to the cloud. This means that they have onsite and offsite backups.
So what is the most critcal piece of hardware – their Netgear router!!
If the building burns down or all their equipment is stolen they would still be able to access their data from anywhere with an internet connection. If the router goes down they lose all capability to use emails and can no longer communicate with the outside world but probably more important is they would not be able to backup their data to an offsite location.
So I think in this case the router is the most critical piece of hardware they have. What do you think?
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