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Hey folks, so I'm kind of jumping head first into something that's going to be new to me, and I would like some advice.

We are looking to expand our firm to a second location, and we will need a server that we can access from both locations. Currently we just have an older i5 PC running as a storage unit that we can access on our local network.

The building that we will be buying has a server that will be coming with it, however it's quite old. It's running an Intel Xeon E5506, 6gb of ram, and i'm not quite sure about the current harddrive configuration, though that can be changed. Would it be worth upgrading this server, or should we look at getting something a bit newer from Dell or something like that? All we need it for, at this point in time, will be to access files through the network / vpn. However we are looking at trying to get more of our documentation into the computer and relying less on physical files, so it's unsure what the future might have in store. It could become a possibility that we will have a much higher dependence on the server in the future.

I mention Dell as a possible alternative, because they currently have some very good deals for their T430 and T630 tower servers.
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Hey folks, so I'm kind of jumping head first into something that's going to be new to me, and I would like some advice.

We are looking to expand our firm to a second location, and we will need a server that we can access from both locations. Currently we just have an older i5 PC running as a storage unit that we can access on our local network.

The building that we will be buying has a server that will be coming with it, however it's quite old. It's running an Intel Xeon E5506, 6gb of ram, and i'm not quite sure about the current harddrive configuration, though that can be changed. Would it be worth upgrading this server, or should we look at getting something a bit newer from Dell or something like that? All we need it for, at this point in time, will be to access files through the network / vpn. However we are looking at trying to get more of our documentation into the computer and relying less on physical files, so it's unsure what the future might have in store. It could become a possibility that we will have a much higher dependence on the server in the future.

I mention Dell as a possible alternative, because they currently have some very good deals for their T430 and T630 tower servers.

How many users/clients will be in each location? How critical is it that the files stored on the server(s) are accessible?
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About 5 users at each location, and it is very critical that the files stored are accessible.

Work can be done without being connected to the server for a short while if something were to happen and I need to go over and fix something, but aside from that connection needs to be constant.

The new location is only 10 minutes away, I should add. So going between locations to fix a problem if I can't do it remotely, isn't a huge issue.
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About 5 users at each location, and it is very critical that the files stored are accessible.

Work can be done without being connected to the server for a short while if something were to happen and I need to go over and fix something, but aside from that connection needs to be constant.

The new location is only 10 minutes away, I should add. So going between locations to fix a problem if I can't do it remotely, isn't a huge issue.

The bigger concern for me with having two separate physical locations share one server (remote for one office) is that if the internet is down for whatever reason in that office, business would basically have to shut down. It's for that reason I'd usually recommend having at least a small amount of local storage on the premises in each location. As for that old Dell server, yes I would look for something new as that is very very old.
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The bigger concern for me with having two separate physical locations share one server (remote for one office) is that if the internet is down for whatever reason in that office, business would basically have to shut down. It's for that reason I'd usually recommend having at least a small amount of local storage on the premises in each location. As for that old Dell server, yes I would look for something new as that is very very old.

We use an online backup service in case internet went down at one location, where if need be we can restore a backup from there.

We would likely be keeping a computer just for storage on the local network for the location without the server, in which we could restore from the backup. Backup is updated each night.

Good to know about the server though, I just didn't want to go throwing away money if it wasn't required. I was already leaning towards replacing it as it's an 8 year old processor, just wasn't sure how demanding something like this would be.
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We use an online backup service in case internet went down at one location, where if need be we can restore a backup from there.

We would likely be keeping a computer just for storage on the local network for the location without the server, in which we could restore from the backup. Backup is updated each night.

Good to know about the server though, I just didn't want to go throwing away money if it wasn't required. I was already leaning towards replacing it as it's an 8 year old processor, just wasn't sure how demanding something like this would be.

Based on how many users you have, you really don't need a very beefy server at all so it shouldn't cost you an arm and and a leg.
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how expensive is it for them to use AWS instead?
    
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how expensive is it for them to use AWS instead?
I'm looking at that right now, apparently I don't have much time for a decision. This was sprung on me very last minute, and the final decision will be made tomorrow.
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