Starting a new Business? This is what you need to get started in terms of IT.
Every business starts off with 1 entrepreneur or 2 partners with a business idea. Many resources and seminars are available through Small business BC to kick start your concept. One you have a plan in place, you can get started with a simple IT setup at your new office.
- Network Drops: If you plan on using desktops or VoIP phones, your office needs network drops at each desk. Your office would need to be wired up by a network specialist with CAT 5E or CAT 6 Ethernet cable. The wiring terminates into a patch panel that identifies each specific location.
- Switch: An 8-24 port switch is required to feed a live connection to each location through the patch panel.
- Firewall: A firewall is a security appliance that acts as the gateway of your network. It controls the flow of inbound and outbound traffic. A set of rules are applied to keep your internal network secure.
- Internet: You will need to sign up with an ISP for a standard ADSL or cable internet. You may need to request a static IP address if you plan to have an Exchange server or any other server that needs to be accessible on the internet.
- Wi-Fi: Wireless connection is essential these days for businesses to enable internet connectivity for mobile devices such cell-phones and tablets.
- Computers: You would need a laptops or desktops and monitors for each employee.
- Email: You require email for internal and external communication. We recommend that you use your company domain name such as @yourcompany.com to keep it professional. You can easily set this up with Hosting providers or Gmail.
- Web-site: Your hosting provider with also provide you with web-site space along with email accounts. You can start off with a simple word press web-site with a few pages describing your services. Once your business gains some traction you can invest in a web design company to work on your branding and online presence.
- NAS: Most startups don’t need to start off with a server. They can just invest in a network area storage device that will act as their file repository. Here they can centrally store all their files securely. Additional cloud options are also available through services such as dropbox.
- Server: At some point when your company grows, there will be a need for a in-house server or on the cloud. The server acts as a secure host for your files, email, accounting applications, and CRM and ERP systems. The most commonly used server is the Microsoft Small Business Server which is affordable bundled package geared toward small and mid-sized business.
Consult with your local IT Firm to draw out an IT plan that work within your budget. Fortunately you can always scale up or down depending on your requirements.
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