A new SME with 15 employees is located in the industrial district of the region. The company is buying an efficient, reliable and cost-effective IT infrastructure. The infrastructure must accommodate at least 15 users. The company also plans to purchase 12 desktop computers for office workers and 3 laptops for vendors on the road. Some employees might also be called upon to work from home on occasion. The company operates 24/24 7/7 and can not afford to stop production without planning.
Leaders are looking to be able to perform the following tasks with the new infrastructure:
- Share documents and be able to collaborate effectively among employees.
- Ability to send and receive e-mails internally and externally.
- Print documents on company printers even remotely.
- Have a backup of employee and company data accessible at all times in the event of a disaster. (Eg fire)
- Amortize its acquisition over a period of 5 years.
A needs analysis was carried out in advance and it was determined that the following components were necessary for the proper functioning of the company:
- Domain Controller (DC)
- DNS Server, DHCP
- File Server (FS)
- E-mail server
- Print Server
- External data backup
- Monitoring of production servers
The following comparison is based on a monthly cost spread over 60 months. It does not include costs related to building infrastructure such as electricity and air conditioning. It also does not include labor costs related to the installation, configuration and migration of the existing system, if any. For comparative purposes, the “local” server has as basic configuration 2 processors, 64GB of memory and 1.8TB of disk space.