Virtualization Cost For Small To Medium Businesses

Advertising builds expectations that lead to sales pipelines loaded with prospects armed with the seeds of anticipated pricing. Virtualization rapidly rose to the top of technical must-haves for businesses looking to upgrade their computing infrastructure.

Recently, Dell promoted it’s virtualization with an interesting ad. I don’t often get such a clear opportunity to demonstrate the costs that small to medium businesses can potentially incur from typical virtualization scenarios.


I probably don’t need to remind you that this ad does not include software licensing, conversion and maintenance costs. In a typical twenty-five user office scenario, software might include Microsoft Exchange Server for email, Microsoft SQL Server for the LOB database back end, Microsoft Terminal Services application delivery services for LOB software, fax services for network fax capability, a Goldmine or Act server for CRM, file services for document management, services to extend security software to each computer and services for Peachtree or QuickBooks Multi User accounting software.

Virtualizing all of these services and software components would not only require hardware in excess of the $25,999 package, but the software costs would push this project well beyond the $150,000.00 range, not to mention IT costs incurred to deploy and maintain your virtualized environment. I can easily see over $5000 per month in amortized and recurring costs, a large price to pay for a small business to move current infrastructure into a virtualized environment.

From a technical perspective, I love to do this stuff. And, your environment will look more uniform, take up less rack space, will be more recoverable and will perform well, all good reasons to leverage virtualization. However, there is a better way, one I will explore with you in my next post.

Consider A Peachtree Server

I recently completed a dedicated Peachtree server for a friend with only two other users in the office.

Why the expense? And, why would such a small operation need a dedicated Peachtree server?

Let me explain. First, the expense; a little time and a $150 computer.

Yes, keep reading. There’s more below.

How can a Peachtree Production Server help you and my friend?

A Peachtree production server is a computing device that has no keyboard, mouse or monitor. It usually resides in an out of the way closet or shelf, or may not even be in the same physical location as the other computers on the network.

A Peachtree production server will keep and host the production company files in a safe, secure and robust fashion, preventing any damage that a compromised desktop computer or computer user can do to your company files.

A Peachtree production server is the key to a high performing Peachtree multi-user environment within a fast paced modern business and a foundation for business growth.

A Peachtree production server can perform automated tasks within Peachtree and other “Peachtree add on” software such as automated nightly offsite backups or automated order downloads from your website to Peachtree.

A Peachtree production server can automatically keep each of your Peachtree desktop computers updated to the latest Peachtree software version.

A Peachtree production server can even host the entire Peachtree application so that no Peachtree software will be installed on any desktop computer.

With a little luck and a little work, you can build your own Peachtree production server. I located an off-lease robust desktop computer from a remarketer on eBay for under $125 including shipping! I easily completed the project in a couple of hours.

I now have a very happy friend. Interested? Contact me. I could use the work.