06-23-2005, 08:39 PM
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The same requirements are involved. I honestly think that $5,000 on hardware for a BES is a HUGE overkill. I think I paid under $3,000 for an IBM xSeries 336 w/ 2x74GB drives in RAID1, Xeon 3.2GHz, and 2GB RAM used for our SQL server for the environment (but is more powerful than our BES servers, which are Dell PE1700 w/ 3x36GB drives in RAID5, Xeon 2.4GHz, and 2GB RAM). I have never come close to using up any aspect of the resources, and this was even running SQL on the BES servers prior to getting the remote server.
We run SQL just because its our standard for MS databases (when its an option), but MSDE is more than fine.
I'd say they're looking at about $4,500-5,000 for software (BES+Windows), licenses (BES CALs) and hardware (something decent).
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