Flatland_Spider wrote:Here is an interesting question that I was asked.
Which is better for a law firm? The cloud or a server?
It would be a small firm with only two people in it, and if it wasn't a law firm, I would recommend they go with some hosted services. However, I haven't worked with lawyers, so I'm not familiar with the unique IT requirements of their field.
There isn't any money involved with the question. My brother-in-law just asked me for advice, and the question really piqued my interest in regards to regulations and due diligence needed.
heyal256 wrote:Generally I would guess that legal/financial companies tend to have much stricter regulations to deal with that may dictate if cloud/hosted services as an option.
Krogoth wrote:Care to enlightenment me?
chuckula wrote:I too work at a small law firm of 15 attorneys. We use fileengine (http://www.fileengine.com/), which is basically a turn-key Linux box with a SAMBA server solution. There is basically zero administration: you plug the box into your network, and hook up to it by mounting the shares on your Windows desktops. The neat part about the fileengine is that it is automatically backed up every day to removable hard drives and also to an off-site server. So, on a day-to-day basis you are using an in-house box on your LAN that continues to operate even if your external Internet goes down and is generally faster than interacting with the cloud directly. If things really go bad (fire/flood/etc) your data is still preserved for offsite retrieval.
heyal256 wrote: I do believe that there is a legal requirement for archiving of records for a while but that might depend on the type of lawyer/cases that they deal with.
Note, I am basing my guess on legal/security issues that have come up on various projects I've been part of with my company (I work as a server admin).
Flatland_Spider wrote:Awesome, thanks! That is what I was looking for.
That's pretty neat. Is there any version control built in?
I'll probably suggest they get VPNs as well, to deal with wifi hotspots. Tunnelr (https://www.tunnelr.com) or PrivateInternetAccess (https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/p ... t-support/).
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