Multimedia Business Server Setup

I work for a full-service marketing and advertising agency, specializing in video production, graphic design and audio engineering, along with various multimedia. We're a small shop with 4 full time team members, but are looking to expand and modernize a bit. Presently we have NO file sharing/ collaboration facility beyond email and Dropbox.

I'm looking into setting up a networked server for the purposes of backing up and sharing: InDesign, PS, Illustrator, AfterEffects and Premiere Files, along with the original raw files (.jpeg, AVCHD, etc.). We want to do an in-house file server for collaboration and an offsite solution for nightly backups (Carbonite??). Any insight as to how we should approach this? We do not have a server admin or megabucks to toss around, but are weighing our options as best we can. Keep in mind, I know little to nothing about servers, but am a quick study on these kinds of things.
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