How much does a server cost?

When researching for a cost of a new server, most of us will try to figure out the hardware costs involved in buying a new server. But in most cases, the said cost only represents a small part of the total amount one needs to spend. That’s because, a server needs to have a server operating system and applications to work on under the supervision of a server admin. Hence, the three main components which make to a server’s overall cost are-

Server Hardware- Servers need to perform as per the business requirements and as the numbers of users grow; the computing resources should also grow on a parallel note. As servers are more expensive than their desktop counterparts, those whose budget is tight can find a low cost server option that handle many if not all of the tasks your business will likely need from a server. On the other hand, if the need is for high end computing resources like data intensive web and database serving, video storage and sharing and enterprise grade messaging and conferencing then the server needs to have a multiple processors or atleast processors with maximum number of cores, 16GB RAM, expansive storage with redundancy and high end server operating system supporting the hardware. High end servers may also be deployed in multiple server configurations known as clustering

Cost of server operating system and application- Generally, servers we purchase do not come along with the operating system. So, when selecting a server operating system, high end server OSes like Windows Server 2008 R2 will start at about $1,000 for up to five users and $4K for enterprise edition which includes 25 client access licenses. They are also less expensive alternatives like Mac OS X server, Microsoft small business server and a variety of enterprise Linux server distributions that range from free to $1,000 or more for an annual support subscription.

Also to those who are purchasing the server OS, they also need to have budget for software applications to perform tasks. For instance, if the server needs to handle emails server, then it needs to have a Microsoft exchange server application starting at an $800 for standard edition and $4,799 for enterprise edition. If the server needs to handle database services as an application, then it needs to have Microsoft SQL Server which will cost $900. For file sharing purposes and online collaboration, options like Microsoft’s SharePoint Server or Citrix Presentation Server can cost anywhere from $400 to $3000 or more.

Server admin cost- In most cases, server hardware and software costs represent only a small part of the total cost of ownership. In fact, the hardware and software costs typically account for only 15 to 25 percent of the overall costs associated with installing, maintaining, upgrading and supporting a dedicated server.

As a result, when budgeting for a server, it’s necessary to create a solid plan for the costs associated with configuring and administering the server – costs that include initial configuration and ongoing support fees, workforce costs for day-to-day administration, reserve funds for replacing hardware as warranties expire, software update fees and more.

In recent years, software automation has made the task of all these computing needs a bit simple and cost effective. However, the task has also made some admin tasks complicated.

Hence, if you are looking for a service provider who could select the right technology for you, DNF Professional does the same. DNF Professional a business unit of Dynamic Network Factory helps in technology selection of server/s on behalf of you. It first makes an assessment of processes needed on your premises, documents it and then helps in designing the processes. Then it starts the selection of technology and helps in getting the best as per your enterprise needs.

To know more call 510.265.1122 or click on DNF Professional web page.

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