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Strategies/tools for controlling spending in printing

We run a medium sized (400 users) healthcare organization (aka hospital). We are a Windows organization; our printers can be categorized in three groups: departamental printers hosted by a server in ...
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How exactly does virtualization help reduce IT infrastructure cost? [closed]

I keep hearing a lot about virtualization and a lot of claims that it helps reduce IT infrastructure costs. How exactly is the latter achieved? Is the benefit coming from running several virtual ...
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Excessive hosting costs

A client of mine is getting billed around ~$1400 per month for hosting. However the site is only averaging roughly 200 hits per day and it serves no large files nor videos. It's hosted with ...
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Cost saving measures from an IT perspective

We're looking at cutting costs in all departments, which of course, includes IT. There wasn't a whole lot of ideas other than auto-shutdown of all workstations at x-time and having low consumption ...
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Recommendation for hardware upgrade: thin clients? Or…?

I work for an animal shelter in Upstate New York. We have about 50 machines running XP Pro. They're connected to a Windows network with a domain. About half of these computers are used for nothing ...
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Pros and cons of using appliances

I previously had negative feelings toward dedicated appliances. I enjoy getting my hands dirty and knowing the ins and outs of our infrastructure. However, after some discussion with my colleague ...
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Renting an “EC2” server VS buying one (for a start up in initial stages)

We are a small start up in the early stages and are working on a SaaS-based Rails product. Currently, we use EC2 for a small instance and have a need for another large/extra-large instance as we are ...
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Remote I/O costs with a Content Delivery Network

As far as I know, the time complexity of scanning a directory and the amount of files in said directory are correlated due to I/O costs. Would the administrative costs of placing the files in a hashed ...
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In cloud environment is it better to get two separate instance for mysql and php-app or get one large instance

We are using cloud environment for our web-apps, i need an expert opinion on hosting our applications. our application built on php & mysql, i want to know which is the most efficient and/or cost ...
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What is the significance of the s3 region, “US Standard” when it comes to “Amazon EC2 in the same region” pricing?

AWS S3 provides a special region called US Standard, US Standard Uses Amazon S3 servers in the United States Provides eventual consistency for all requests. This region automatically routes ...
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Win2k12 Datacenter vs Win2k + RightLink for Azure instance

I am instantiating an Azure instance for browser automation tests. What is the least resource demanding of the optional VMs Microsoft provides, ie, sample output from azure vm image list: ...
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Enterprise class storage costs: $10k/TB. Are we paying too much? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is business-class storage so expensive? The infrastructure team at my company charges $10,000 per TB for storage costs. They charge this to us (internal) when we ...