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As architecture and engineering companies have become reliant on computers and CAD, they have also become reliant on networks to provide the means for an efficient and collaborative work environment. Projects and drawings need to be stored on fast and reliable servers for access by multiple users as they proceed through the design and drafting process. Printers and plotters need to be easily accessible from any and all workstations. Companies, managers, designers, and drafters need to be able to communicate via email, ftp, and the world wide web.

CAD Masters, Inc. (CAD Masters) can provide the hardware, software, and services needed to build, maintain, or even retrofit a network capable of fulfilling these needs of today’s company.
Windows Server based Network Setup and Configuration
Closing the Gap between Networks and CAD
Hardware and Software RAID
Data Backup Systems and Procedures
Routers, Switches, and Wiring
Internet and Email Access
Rates
Information
Have a look at typical CAD Masters network installation for background information.

Windows Server based Network Setup and Configuration
Microsoft Windows Server provides a simple yet robust solution for running your network. CAD Masters provides the complete solution for building your Windows Server network:
  • Wiring
  • Installation and Setup
  • Training and Procedures
  • Hardware and Software
  • Configuration
In the process of building or upgrading your network, you will hear terms like RAID, DHCP, DNS, SCSI, and SATA. Allow CAD Masters to explain these terms to you throughout the process so that you can become educated with regard to your network, hardware, and software.

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Closing the Gap between Networks and CAD
Do you need a network consultant that also knows how to configure AutoCAD, Revit, or Navisworks? A person that understands how to standardize and share printers & plotters, templates, pen settings, and profiles on your network? CAD Masters bridges the gap between networks and Autodesk products with expert knowledge and experience in both Windows networking and the use of AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit, Navisworks and wide range specialized design software.

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Hardware and Software RAID
RAID stands for redundant array of inexpensive disks. RAID is a methodology for combining 2 or more hard drives into one with the ability to add fault tolerance. A simple explanation of RAID would be to take 2 or more hard drives and combine them into one with the added bonus that if one goes bad, the other drive(s) take over (with no loss of data).

There are several different levels of RAID with 1 and 5 being the most common. In a RAID level 1 scenario, two hard drives are mirrored. If one goes bad, the other takes over until the bad one is replaced. RAID level 1 is a cost effective solution for workstation and small server fault tolerance. Its shortcomings include size limitations related to maximum hard drive size (currently about 400 GB for SATA2 7200 RPM and 140 GB for U320 SCSI 10K RPM) and 100% overhead (i.e. a full drive of the same size is required for fault tolerance). In a RAID level 5 scenario, you use three or more hard drives. If one goes bad, the others take over until the bad one is replaced. Advantages include very large arrays, or large, fast arrays with overhead 33% or lower. For example, if three 400 GB SATA 7.2K RPM drives were used in a RAID 5 configuration, the result would be a fairly fast 800 GB array. 400 GB of space or 33% of the available 1200 GB is lost to fault tolerance. If four 70 GB SCSI 15K RPM drives were used in a RAID 5 configuration, the result would be a very fast 210 GB array. 70 GB of space or 25% of the available 280 GB is lost to fault tolerance.

RAID can be controlled and configured at the hardware or software level. With Windows 2003 Server, you have the ability to configure your hard drives using RAID level 1 or 5. If possible, it is usually better to use hardware rather than software RAID. This is because RAID does not require windows overhead to operate. Many motherboards today include RAID for IDE, SATA or SCSI. CAD Masters can configure your server hard drives using RAID for redundancy and fault tolerance.

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Data Backup Systems and Procedures
Your data is your most import asset, and making sure you have an adequate backup system in place is paramount. CAD Masters will configure your server’s hard drives with the proper RAID system, ensuring redundancy of the data in case of hard drive failure. We also setup backups to occur on a nightly and weekly basis, or as often as you want, so that any data accidentally deleted or overwritten is easily retrieved. Removable hard drives can be installed so that important data can be taken offsite, in the case that onsite hardware is stolen or destroyed by fire.

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Routers, Switches, and Wiring
In the process of planning your network, CMI can help you answer the following questions:
  • Does this wiring already exist in my workplace?
  • Is it CAT3, CAT5 or CAT6 wiring?
  • Is there a patch panel and/or location where these wires meet?
  • Should I use a 100 speed or gigabit switch?
CAD Masters can provide all labor and materials for in-wall or unobtrusive out-of-wall wiring. We can configure your routers and internet service, Whether you’re relocating a couple of desks, moving to a new location, expanding, or starting from scratch, CAD Masters has the capabilities to get you setup quickly.

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Internet and Email Access
Staying connected to the outside world via the internet and e-mail is vital in today’s business world, while maintaining secure access gets harder every day. Allow CAD Masters to help you explore the possibilities and answer questions such as:
  • What internet service provider should I choose?
  • What are the different connection technologies and the costs, advantages, and disadvantages of each?
  • What sort of hardware is required?
  • Will security be a concern once we have a presence on the Internet?
  • Will I have to make any changes to my network?
  • Can I set up an FTP site?
  • Can I set up a web site?
  • Should I purchase email server software?
  • Can I connect to my network from home?

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Rates
Onsite Rates $125/hour Offsite Rates $100/hour
  • Server Installation and Configuration
  • Backup Automation and Configuration
  • Internet Routing and Remote Access Setup
  • FTP, Web Design, and Email Server Setup
  • General Workstation Software Installation
  • Hardware Installation and Configuration
Network wiring is typically $150 per network location. This includes labor and materials (wire, patch panel, faceplates). Drops with two wires (1 network, 1 phone) are typically $175/drop.

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Information
Please contact us for for a free consult or for any questions you may have.

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