I have an interesting topic that I cant really find an answer too, and I suspect its really more of a matter of opinion than anything at all, but I was curious if I could hear from some IT guys that arn’t tying to sell me anything.
Some background, I make my living in the tradess, and have been for 10+ years, but have always been into technology/computers/IT as a hobby since my teens. Tinkering at home, playing in the home server environment, Unraid, plex, have a nice ubiquiti setup at home… that sorta thing.
As I now am out of the “field” and found myself in an office/supervising position of our company. I took a bit of an interest in our IT infrastructure, mostly because I found we are spending 10’s of thousands a year for “IT” (Its Canadian $$, but still) . We are a company of 25 or so, but an office of 6 - 8… I by no means have experience in IT in a business environment, but think I got a good handle on it.
I sat in on a meeting a few weeks back pitched by our managed IT provider, that says our server needs a re-fresh as its approaching end of dell warranty (3yr)… . and its going to cost $20K+ (Labor, licenses and hardware, but $12k was hardware! ) Here’s the thing… the server just runs 3 VM’s on VMware… Xeon E3-1240L, 32GB Ram and some 10K drives. I believe the quote for the new one was a 16core xeon, 4 x 960 enterprise SSD’s and 64GB RAM
1 DC for all of 8 people, that stores our files. Its about 1.5TB, and probably only 200GB of which I would consider active with projects on the go, user profiles and the database file for our application server.
Our application server running our accounting program (max 3 users at any given time, typically 2, but psql database is upto about 8GB of transaction)
and Terminal server… that untill the last 2 months with COVID was typical used off business hours by employees working at home in the evening. Although now we can see upto 3-4 people mid day… its handling it fine. It could use more RAM, but seems fine.
Our data is important, dont get me wrong. But we lost our accounting server for a week as our IT company couldn’t keep it running for more than 2 hours due to a “Bad windows update”, it was inconvenient, but by no means stopped our business dead in its tracks.
My Question: Do we really need, what I would consider “Enterprise” hardware in a small office environment? ?!
Im looking at what we do, and I feel that we could easily accommodate it with some consumer gear, few 1TB SSD’s in RAID5, a decent backup/disaster recovery plan and save 8-10K in hardware…
What am I missing?