LINKING MULTIPLE OFFICE COMPUTERS TOGETHER
A business with 2 or more office locations often wants to network their offices and allow employees across every location to share both files and printers
Every major business in the world, big or small, local or international, most probably had very humble beginnings initially. So the way it happens is that you get a small warehouse or room or building where you set everything up, and then your business starts to grow. Soon enough, space you currently have doesn’t suffice anymore, so you get a bigger place, and then when your business moves out to other cities, one office isn’t going to cut it. Now you have to open up several branches, each located in a different city, and soon you’ll have to do the same again but with countries if your business goes international.
One of the biggest problems with scaling business like this is a collaboration between offices, or more precisely, computers, is having connections between them. Carrying out collaborated work is not so easy when two or more people aren’t in the same office. What do you do in this case? Here are some ways you can go about this problem:
- 1-Traditionally, companies with multiple hubs have a centralized hub for network resources, implemented by servers and databases. This is where most of the information is stored so that it can be accessed by all branches. For this purpose, VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are used. VPNs provide secure connections between individual users and their company’s network over the internet. They also transfer information fast and are quite inexpensive to set up.
- 2-To achieve the same effect as mentioned above, another concept which has been gaining fame recently is that of remote desktops. Using remote desktops basically allows for applications or software to run on the server, but can be displayed locally at the same time. That way, all the data and running programs are stored at a central location, accessible by all branches.
- 3-Another very important concept that comes to mind when talking of linking computers in two or more office locations is that of cloud computing. Cloud computing seems like it has been designed to solve this very issue, and it may well be just that. Cloud computing allows you to store data on the web instead of locally on your computer so that you can share it with anyone you want. This makes it easier for people to access data no matter where they are. Cloud computing also allows hosting applications on the web, so that people can carry out collaborated work on the internet. A prime example of this is Google Docs.
- 4-When we talk of linking computers based in different locations, we may mean that literally too. For this purpose, there are products such as TeamViewer. TeamViewer allows you remote access to a computer, so that with the other user’s permission, you can actually gain control of another user’s PC. This is especially very helpful for sorting out issues in other computers or setting up some software since it allows you to do that without getting up from your chair, as well as many other benefits.
Of course, alongside these solutions we also have instant messaging and video conferencing tools such as Skype which, while they don’t exactly link computers together, are a great way of carrying out collaborated work over the internet from remote offices.