Security, Backups, and Cloud Sync
Server Setup & Management Services
Do you need to share information securely between employees and throughout your company? Do your employees need a secure email? Do you have a backup plan? If so, your business needs a server.
Tech Lab can help you:
- Determine which type of server is right for your business
- Order servers (physical or virtual private server)
- Setup controlled, shared, and remote access
- Automate backups, uptime monitoring, & redundancy
- Secure your server
- Setup, migrate, manage, and secure corporate email
- Install and distribute software, files, and cloud sync
- Manage upgrades and optimize performance
A server is a necessity for many businesses who are growing, want to maximize efficiency and productivity, and keep their data secure.
Servers are particularly useful for these other areas:
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For companies larger than about 3 employees, enabling simple collaboration between people to produce your corporate documents, reports, invoices, product development or marketing materials is what a server was designed to do. Everyone has a single source to access files so they each can view, print, or improve documents that are regularly used by the company.
If you’re a home customer, you might want your own personal server just so all the computers in your house have access to your music or movie library to save space from computer to computer. They can be streamed easily to all devices in the house.
Cloud services work in a similar manner, but with a lower upfront cost. Talk with a Tech Lab specialist to see if a cloud solution or a personal server is right for you
Giving someone remote access to the network enables you and your employees to work from anywhere. Let people log in from home, mobile 4G and LTE, mobile 5G, a hotel, anywhere they can get internet. Did you forget your presentation? No problem with remote access enabled, just log in and grab what you need.
Remote access can work several ways, you can get a remote view of your computer screen, or you could get direct VPN access to copy files. Before you go and invest in remote access software like LogMeIn (which is a great product), contact us first because you might already have the capability you need for free and it just needs to be turned on.
The most common reason to install a server is access control – who has access to what. Some people shouldn’t be looking at employee HR records, while others actually need access to these files to process accounting, payroll, and evaluations. Another place to find servers in use is where a design department has a bunch of preliminary source material that should not end up in the marketing department. Access is restricted between these departments so preliminary work doesn’t accidentally go out as a real advertisement.
Beyond compartmentalizing the network, other access controls determine who can work remotely and who can’t, which accounts can or can’t install software or have access to corporate email/calendars, and many more features. Accounts that don’t have remote access will never be exposed to the internet (thus eliminating one possible method of someone hacking into the system remotely).
Servers perform many tasks via the scheduler. Backups run automatically so you never have to remember to burn CDs or copy files onto your USB flash drive ever again. Automating your backups gives you options for how often and where to store the backup data – such as to an off-site location.
Can’t afford any downtime? Uptime monitoring will monitor you 24/7 and alert you of any downtime. It is a great way to be proactive, instead of reactive.
In the event of excessive traffic or server failure, a redundant server is a great way to have stability. Using redundancy establishes a native backup plan which avoids downtime and having parts on hand enables us to restore redundancy without any outages. It can be kept offline until needed.
What would happen if all of your customer information and trade secrets were leaked? Protect your data, information, and ultimately your business from attack. Your server stores, retrieves, and controls access to and from all the computers in your network. They are a hub of tons of valuable information! Be sure your servers are protected with the same levels of security or higher that you would implement on your own workstation.
Want extra copies of your data in different places? No problem. Many platforms offer the ability to sync data from place to place. With a persistent VPN connection to another office, some programs can sync changes within minutes or seconds. We can also set up on-premise systems to sync with cloud-based storage solutions.
Corporate Email Setup, Migration, Management, & Security
Email is an essential form of communication for all businesses. You need to know it is working, secure, and reliable. We work with our corporate clients to establish their business, move data between accounts, add aliases and manage accounts, and make recommendations on which platforms are secure and appropriate for their business.
The most common services our customers utilize include, Microsoft Exchange, Google Workspace, Office 365, or IMAP email. We support all the major platforms. The distinction between each service includes the way shared email, folders, calendars, contacts, and checklists are handled within the software. These subtle differences that we can consult on may be the difference in productivity for your organization. Your data can be set up to sync with phones and tablets so it is accessible from anywhere at all times.
Since there are so many different programs people use, centralizing updates is a very handy thing to have available. Microsoft servers can auto-deploy commonly used software with group policy. We can set up the server to publish software on existing PCs or all new PCs that join the network. This frees up time for IT administrators to focus on other areas such as infrastructure expansion, new software evaluations, and system maintenance.
Upgrades & Performance
Frustrated with slow loading speeds? Keep your server speedy and up-to-date for the best performance.
First, let’s talk about why you’d want to use the Cloud or servers. The reason is because you want to share information in a secure way across your company or across your employees.
How to Get Started
Request a consultation so that we can discuss your needs. The consultation is all about discovery and learning more about you and your business. Then, we will send you a customized proposal.
Once we have a standard work order and a plan in place, we implement the solution, standardize and optimize, and ultimately maintain and sustain the system.