The Backup Server System taps into your existing network...
The Backup Server System (BuSS) plugs into any open port on your hub or switch, and can back up any file from your workstations or file server(s). Our proprietary software implementation can also 'push' nightly SQL copies to the BuSS.
Backups can exist on any or all of *Removable Hard Drives (up to 80Gb, in lieu of tapes), removable CD or DVDs, and (most valuably!) on-line folders for \Monday, \Tuesday, \Wednesday, \Thursday, \Friday; \Wk1, \Wk2, \Wk3, \Wk4; \Jan, \Feb....\Dec
With additional hardware and software upgrades, this can substitute as your main file server in the unfortunate event of a catastrophic failure of your main server!
Some of the key parts of your Network are:
Workstations are where most of your work is done. To most people it is ‘the’ computer. In reality, most of the processing work is done on your computer (often called a PC for Personal Computer), but the data is often stored on a central file server
Server is usually the one or major place that all your centralized data is stored in. This is also the computer that will ‘host’ many services, like SQL (which is a separate program unto itself, not just the data that it stores). Larger companies will have more than one server. Your company should have at least one. Though some people will piggyback their backup onto their main server, it is better to ‘off load’ this important task to a separate device like our BackUp Server System (BuSS) which is also used as an entry point for remote access.
Switch/Router/Hub is what connects all the devices and lets them ‘talk’ to each other. The format or ‘protocol’ inside your network is called TCP/IP, which stands for Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol. All 3 of these devices perform the same basic function of connecting your devices together, though no one uses hubs any more. Most networks these days operate at ‘100 megabits per second’, a ‘bit’ being a primary data unit and mega meaning million. Older networks and some devices operate at only 10 Mbps Note that the protocol that you are using inside of your office network is pretty much the same protocol used to access the outside world (the internet). It is important to note in the following sections on ‘Software Protection’ that your private network connection is basically just an extension of the world wide web. You and everyone else in the world are all just ‘one big (happy) family’ connected together. The speed at which you access the internet varies based on your Internet Service Provider (ISP) but ranges from 56Kbps (dial up) to 3,000 Kbps (3 Mbps) for broadband cable/satellite at top speed.
Backup Server/Devices are one of the most important, unsung heroes of your system. Like an insurance policy that is worth its weight in gold when you need it, it is often ignored until you do. Some ‘backup solutions’ consist of just a tape drive or such, plugged into the back of the Server. More robust solutions will have a separate server dedicated to backup and administrative functions. The Panatech BackUp Server System (BuSS) for example, provides on line (no tapes) backups for each day, each Friday, and each end of month.
Printers/Peripherals are an important part of your network, since paper copies are essential for most business operations. Most devices these days attach to your computer via a USB cable (USB stands for Universal Serial Bus). Most all devices need to be ‘spoon fed’ the information that they are to process, which is why they need to be attached to a ‘smart’ device, like a computer. Note that some printers are so basic that they can’t even store a page of information in their own memory (because they have none) and so they bog down their host computer for every step. Other printers are so powerful that they not only have huge amounts of memory, but also have their own internal processor (just like your PC) to manipulate images and graphics without bothering their host computer.
Print Server is a device (about the size of a book) that connects to your network as a TCP/IP device (see Switch above) and transfers information along to a printer, as if the printer were hooked up directly to a computer. Some printers have a built-in Print Server and are sometimes described as ‘network ready’
Gateway is what takes incoming transmissions (like email, or web pages) and distributes them inside your network to their respective owners. It is like a ‘splitter’ that presents a single, uniform identity to the outside world, but redistributes the information to the respective owners once inside the network
Firewall is arguably the most important safety device if you have any contact with the outside world. In this context it is a hardware device that process and rejects outsiders from accessing your network as if it were just an extension of their own.
These days, a single device provides the functionality of a Router/Switch / Gateway / Firewall.
Cable/Satellite Modem is how you connect to the outside world. About the size of a book, these devices pretty much have a TCP/IP connector on one end to connect to your Router/Switch, and the other end has a coax cable or other connector to communicate with the outside world. Comcast is a common cable modem provider, offering speeds up to 3 Mbps (= 3,000 Kpbs). DSL (Direct Subscriber Lines) claim to offer equivalent speeds. Be it cable or DSL, performance varies drastically based on your office’s location – and sometimes even time of day Performance in the 1,000 Kpbs or even 500 Kpbs range is not uncommon, no matter what your provider promises you. Satellite providers are best only in areas not served by wired lines, and are most notable in that the speed that they send information to you (called the download speed) is typically much faster than the information that you can send your information back up to the satellite (upload speed). Dial up is the way people connected years ago (remember those screeching sounds??) Dial up speeds are a maximum of 0.056 Mbps)
Wireless Access Pointis used if you want to have a wireless link to a computer. It’s kind of like a wireless phone in your house. There is base station that has all the ‘smarts’ in it, but instead of a cord, there is a wireless link to the handset – or computer in this case. Ranges and reliability vary, but you might expect a 10-30 Mbps transmission speed (vs 100 Mpbs above for wired connections), and reliability can be affected by as many things as any wireless device. In cases where very hi-speed transmission is not critical and fixed wiring is problematic, this can be an ideal solution
Complete backup solutions are $1999 for the complete backup system with removable hard drive, and internal drive capacity for Daily and Weekly redundancy. BuSS that can even act as a Stand-By server is only $2,800.
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