Skills: OS X Server, Synology DSM (NAS)
DGSN Associates provides architectural, planning, interior design, and graphic design services to clients around the world. Their work includes both new construction and adaptive reuse of pre-war and post-war historic buildings. They’ve won more than 50 design awards, from the American Institute of Architects and numerous industry, civic, and sustainability organizations.
I connected with DSGN through their involvement in the Flora Lofts project. They’re a Mac-based firm, which was a perfect fit for me — I served as IT Director for a Mac-based event management company for 10 years. The designers at DSGN share most of their resources through an Apple XServe located on-site, which had served them well for a number of years, but they needed more storage and redundancy. They were also interested in having something easier (than OS X Server) to administer.
They had no need for an on-site web or email server, so we decided to replace their XServe with a managed Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Installing a NAS increased their storage space considerably and added a much needed extra layer of redundancy. As a bonus, their NAS gives them a very simple way to share large files with clients without resorting to 3rd party sites like Dropbox, and also serves as a Time Machine target for their workstations. All at a cost of 30-40% what a comparably equipped Xserve or Mac Pro would run.
I haven’t heard much from DSGN lately, except to say that things are running great. In this case, silence is a good indicator that you’ve asked all the right questions and provided your client with an ideal solution.