How Much Do Servers Really Cost?
There’s a great article over at Forbes on the real cost of servers. The main thrust of the article, and something that shouldn’t be too surprising for anyone who’s been working in IT for a while - the actual cost of the server is much less than the cost of running it, even when excluding IT staffing costs.
“One company’s IT department decided to invest $22 million in blade servers but forgot to inform facilities. The facility investment required to merely plug-in the blades was an unplanned $54 million. An additional unplanned $30 million was required to run the blades over three years. So what appeared to be a $22 million decision was really an enterprise decision of over $106 million.”