What will I need? You do not need an expensive server. Any computer you can pick up from BestBuy for around $300-$400 bucks will do very nicely. Keep in mind that all your data, emails, email attachments and documents will be stored on this machine so a large hard drive (500GB+) is very important. You must also invest in or provide an external hard drive (required) to perform routine backups of the HoudiniEsq install folder (1TB+). IMPORTANT: If you are going to use an existing machine to host HoudiniEsq it is best practice to install a fresh operating system onto the device or wipe it completely clean prior to installing HoudiniEsq. The host machine should be dedicated to hosting HoudiniEsq and your data, nothing more. If you are a solo practitioner you may install HoudiniEsq onto your personal computer such as a laptop.
If you want to connect to your instance of HoudiniEsq remotely via a iPad or your cell phone when on the go, working from home, a courtroom or from any PC outside your local network, then you should install HoudiniEsq onto a standalone PC in your office, not your personal laptop. Think 24/7 access. Remote access will require a static IP address which you can obtain from your Internet Service Provider, an optional Domain name from GoDaddy, and an optional SSL Certificate to secure the connection or sign-up for a Cloud account Today and start right away. With a Cloud account we manage everything for you including tiers of backups, security, updates and you always have secure 24/7 access from just about anywhere in the world.