Network Storage

  • Introduction

    What Is Network Storage?

    Network storage, in its most basic format, is essentially disk space that can be accessed by authorised users. It can be as simple as a basic NAS (network attached storage), a file server running an operating system such as Window Server, Storage Area Network (SAN) that serves lots of storage requirements or cloud-based storage where data is stored in either a structured or unstructured space hosted by a cloud service provider.

  • The benefits

    The Benefits of Network Storage

    • More Storage Space – Laptop and desktop computers have limited storage, by using a NAS device you can spread the storage capacity across a number of machines and everyone uses the space they need and freeing this up for data hungry users and reducing the need to upgrade individual machines.
    • Flawless Collaboration – Gone are the days of emailing documents backwards and forwards with a NAS device your documents are stored in one central location to be easily accessed by anyone.
    • Remote Access - The Silver Cloud Business will always ensure that you have access to your files anytime and from anywhere offering greater flexibility and business collaboration opportunities particularly with the increase in home working due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Private Cloud Storage – Cloud storage and the convenience it brings can never be overlooked. For businesses storing sensitive information in a cloud-based system, there is often fear about who has the access to their information. By using a NAS device, it allows efficient cloud-based storage but with the added security of keeping it private.
    • Automated Data Backup - Consistent data backup is essential to the continuity of a business, particularly if you have the catastrophic event that your hard disks sustain a crash. When using a NAS device, it is possible to configure automatic backups which will reflect any changes to documents or folders made locally on a PC.
    • Cost Effective - With a NAS device you have the benefits of a data storage system as well as a backup system meaning that these two important services are provided in an all-in-one package and there is no need to source these separately.
  • Our solution

    We Can Help You Choose the Best Network Storage Options for You

    Choosing the right NAS device can be daunting. There are many different scenarios in which businesses need a NAS device, and each has different requirements.

    You might need a NAS device for simple file serving in a branch office, which means you'll want one with the ability to let users in other offices connect via the internet. Or you might need one in a manufacturing scenario in which something heavy-duty is a necessity. Other things to take into consideration are hardware specifications, operating system (OS) features, and security safeguards.

    The Silver Cloud Business can work with you to find the best solution for your business and team you with the best hardware to suit all your individual needs.

Featured Case Study

  • Sector / Charity

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury


    Our Client 

    The Trussell Trust is a leading anti-poverty charity which supports a nationwide network of food banks. Together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty and campaign for change to create a hunger free future where food banks are no longer needed. There are more than 1,200 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s network, roughly two thirds of all the food banks in the UK. The Trussell Trust supports these food banks to provide nutritionally balanced emergency food parcels to people in crisis who have been referred to them by advice agencies, GPs, schools, and others. Food banks also offer people support and guidance to help them resolve the crises they are facing.

    The Problem

    Inconsistent software across workstations and laptops, outdated servers and a need for a more flexible working environment

    The Trussell Trust was running a fully supported version of Windows server in a hypervisor environment with VM’s running Active Directory and Exchange 2010 and file shares.

    Workstations and laptops were running a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 with Office 2010. A 2008 R2 terminal server was being used for remote access and was due to go out of support with Microsoft.

    The organisation wanted to get all IT systems, workstations, and laptops running supported software and the latest Microsoft Office applications.

    They also wanted to get away from the old version of Microsoft Exchange and move their files to the cloud and migrate into SharePoint to become less reliant on on-premise servers and remove the 2008 R2 Terminal server.

    The Solution

    Utilising the full suite of Microsoft Office tools to ensure consistency and efficiency 

    • A new Microsoft 365 tenant was created using the not-for-profit portal. AD Sync tool was installed into their on-prem environment and their Active directory was synced up with M365 in full hybrid mode.
    • Once all machines were upgraded, the email hosting on Exchange 2010 was migrated using the cutover migration process to cloud-based Exchange online. This was done with no email downtime for the users.
    • Once the mail was all cut over, the Exchange 2010 server was de-commissioned and switched off.
    • As soon as the Trussell Trust was able to proceed with the migration of files to SharePoint, this was done using the Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool in a staged manner to avoid users not being able to access file shares.
    • Once each share was migrated it was made read-only on the on-premises systems for reference purposes only and to ensure continuity of data.
    • Microsoft Teams was also deployed during this stage to make every user experience much easier and more flexible.
    • The only exception to the SharePoint Migration was the Accounts files that were required to stay on-premises due to the accounting package in use. However, we were able to utilise the Direct Access system that was deployed earlier in the project to assist with remote access to this.

    The Outcome

    Fully supported and up-to-date in a Hybrid cloud environment

    The finished project meant that the organisation is now running its IT systems on fully supported software and operating systems, with the latest office applications in a Hybrid cloud environment. Staff are able to work much more efficiently moving forward with flexible working, with the majority of their systems fully cloud-based.

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

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