One of my clients has a small office in a major city that used to be main office for the company.Due to the organizational changes main office was moved to a different country but all equipment and office space are still in place.Now CEO is trying to get value from this office and their IT guy suggested using it as online storage.
So you have an idea this is what they have (list as was given to me):
- 100Mb/100Mb fiber optic dedicated Internet
- ADSL Backup line
- one onsite rack
- x5 ProLiant DL360 G5 with 6 GB and 250GB array SAS each
- x2 NAS 4TB LACIE QUAD Drives
- QNAP 8TB ISCSI Array - main file storage pool
- 1GB managed netgear switch
- Fibre optics transcoder (router)
IT guy has written inhouse php/mysql webapp that allows secure online backup based on SFTP/WinSCP uploads for clients.No marketing was done and no business plan is in place.
CEO just wants to keep the costs down for having nearly empty office and would like to use this infrastracture as a revenue source. In my opinion this is a right way to waste money considering existing offers for secure online backup storage and established companies are already offering a lot.
To get it working from what I see would require serious investment in offsite storage replication,removing single points of failure,certification,marketing etc.
Is there better way to reuse this equipment/office?