Had a meeting with a prospective new client last week who was very interested in new and emerging technologies, especially the cloud.
When I turned up on site I had a thorough look at the existing infrastructure which included a collection of Windows 7 PC’s (5 No) and a central Windows 2008 R2 server which was sharing all their files across a network. Backups are covered by a rotation of two external hard drives with one always being off site. Not a bad set up then you would think for a small business.
One small problem though. The owner had been ‘advised’ by a friend who worked in IT that the cloud and Windows 8 was the way to go. To this end the owner had got it in his head that he was going to use virtual servers online (maybe on AWS) for his data and upgrade all his PC’s to Windows 8 because it was a better system than Windows 7. I forgot to mention that he was going to use a 4 MB broadband line too.
From where I was standing this was a bad idea primarily because there was little wrong with the set up they already had. Yes you could incorporate online backups from the server using a 4 MB line (I have accomplished this on my own systems in the past using less speed) but to go down the route of using virtual servers because a friend said it was the “in thing” is a no no. As for the Windows 8 upgrade, why upgrade when the software you have works and does everything you require?
To often I see small companies getting caught out in upgrading their software and systems when their current setup does everything they require. In my experience if your current infrastructure works why change it?
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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Falkirk and Perth.
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