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Decentralized business model
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Rusty Grim
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Sep 3, 2006, 01:04 PM
 
I am a partner at an ad agency - Owen Jones & Partners www.owenjonesandpartners.com

We operate under a very decentralized model. 2 offices, people with laptops in coffee shops, talent spread around the country. We are looking for an affordable way to centralize (web-base) certain parts of our business. Most notably access to files for internal usage. It would be great if we could have one place to store our active job files - and this can mean big files as we do all sorts of work - print, web, motion design.

How should we handle this? Build our own? Are there COTS solutions out there?

Right now it feels like we are operating without a net - and jockeying files in old-school ways.

Needs to be easy. Needs to "brandable" - meaning it should look like our business stuff. Needs to be fast. Needs to be reilable. Needs to be affordable.

How would you do it?
     
Camelot
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Sep 4, 2006, 02:52 AM
 
You need to setup a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Configure one machine on a high speed internet connection and setup a VPN server on it.

Mac OS X Server comes with a built-in VPN server and GUI for managing it, but you can use any Mac OS X system if you have time to install and configure it.

Once you have the VPN server setup all users connect to the VPN from wherever they are. You can use the built-in Internet Connect.app for each user to connect to the VPN server.

Once you've connected you can securely connect to any service running on the server such as web server (for a secure web site), AFP server (for secure file transfers), even mail.

Due to the nature of this server you want to make sure this server has plenty of upload bandwidth otherwise the remote users will be throttled by insufficient bandwidth.
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