Originally Posted by graphicsman
I see this thrown out many times on here. BUT i havent seen a thread that explains good procedures to address when setting up a valuable network with crucial data. SO.... what are some good, basic practices, hardware, etc. etc. (such as a router) that offer redundancy for small business owners. I would like to able to feel safe with my data onsite. Needless to say i have no clue how to do this other than plug some computers together with a switch/router and enable RAID in the BIOS.
So... you're actually talking about "data protection" and not just "redundant"
In such a scenario, RAID only provides redundancy in the event of hardware failure. You still need regular backups to provide against data corruption (AND hardware failure). After that, you can then look into High-Availability to provide maximum uptime for your users (as well as redundancy). Finally, after that, you can address Disaster Recovery.
There was a study done a couple of years ago that said that only 20% of all SMB had a Disaster Recovery plan... and a DR-situation tends to wipe out any small business that doesn't have such a plan. Such scenarios include flooding, electrical issues, gas explosions, tornadoes, etc. Or maybe even a complete failure of the entire system your data is running on.
Anyways, there's a ton of information out there. If you're looking to learn, Google is your best friend. If this is for a practical, production environment, it's time to shop around for a company that can implement these solutions for you...