Upgrading my network

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I own a heavy truck dealership with 2 locations, 75 employees and approx 35 computers. Currently all employees operate off there desk computers with files storage directly on there hard drives with no back up solution. Email is hosted by our internet provider currently works fine and we use Microsoft Office. I need a solution that links our 2 locations together for file sharing, that has central file storage so employees aren't using there own hard drives for storage, our email works fine except a back up solution is needed. All other programs are accessed through the Internet via the suppliers portals. I spend a lot of money every month just trying to keep our old system running. I recently had a quote from a local IT company to upgrade our system and solve my problems and the quote came in extremely high plus the monthly fee's. (over $100,000 just for set up with the hardware and software). A friend has mentioned Microsoft 365 as a solution and for a lot less money. Does anyone have any experience or advise ? Oh yeah, my IT knowledge is very limited so be nice.

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Your friend is talking about Sharepoint online and Office 365 which are cloud based offerings direct from Microsoft.

This link will give you MSRP per user per month costs.  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/sharepoint-online.aspx

You can order direct from the website or talk to a Value Added Reseller (VAR) to get a custom quote which will save you a good deal of money because Microsoft provides a lot of promotions and discounts to VARs who know how to get them.

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  • TomLiotta
    It'll be easy for you. You should have no problem hiring a qualified network technician to get it done. You have a good enough description for the technician to make an initial plan, and details can be worked out from there. -- Tom
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  • mshen
    One thing about SharePoint is it needs to be customized.  They basically give you a website from a template which looks good as is, but needs to be customized to work for your needs. It's easy if you have patience and if you don't need anything fancy.  You can make changes to the website directly in the browser, so even the least technical people can work with it.
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  • TomLiotta
    SharePoint -- try Google searches, first for [ what is sharepoint ] and then for [ sharepoint installation ]. Those two searches should tell you everything someone with limited IT knowledge needs to know. Attempting to absorb those search results will help explain why an IT technician is useful. -- Tom
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