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post #1 of 14
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Hey guys,

My business is looking to migrate to a cloud based/Google Apps set up. Subsequently, we're looking to unload a server. Most of the feedback I've seen on this site so far suggest Craigslist as my first try, can you offer any other advice on good places to go? Here's what we're running right now (the cliff's notes version):

- Dell PowerEdge T300
- Windows SBS 2008
- Dual Intel Xeon Quad-Core processers, both 2.83ghz
- 16 GB of RAM
- Redundant PS
- 2 120GB SCSI
- 4 hour on-site warranty through 8/10/12

Any help or thoughts you could give would be MUCH appreciated.

Thanks!
post #2 of 14
You could turn it into a game server, or donate it to some place that could use a server.
post #3 of 14
I would suggest that you post an advertisement in the Server section of the overclock.net forums
post #4 of 14
Can i ask what the actual benefits you'd get by being on the cloud? because when i looked into it here at work (at the order of a manager) it proved utterly pointless due to our needs
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I agree with Norse, a while ago a company asked me to check it out for them, but it had no advantages compared with what they had there. What are the advantages you are looking at?
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We're a small company of 10 users. Our server is currently used simply for email and print purposes, and to host our in house CRM. We'll be switching to a browser based CRM, which eliminates one of the needs. With Google Apps for Business, I can migrate our Exchange needs to the cloud, with redundancy and security that I'm not inclined to replicate in house for a company of our size. It would save us significant dollars in IT maintenance costs. I really like to collaborative effect of Google Apps, and it would fit really well into our workflows.

All in all, I would be able to cut my overhead costs and receive uptime that I can't match on my own.
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We're a small company of 10 users. Our server is currently used simply for email and print purposes, and to host our in house CRM. We'll be switching to a browser based CRM, which eliminates one of the needs. With Google Apps for Business, I can migrate our Exchange needs to the cloud, with redundancy and security that I'm not inclined to replicate in house for a company of our size. It would save us significant dollars in IT maintenance costs. I really like to collaborative effect of Google Apps, and it would fit really well into our workflows.

All in all, I would be able to cut my overhead costs and receive uptime that I can't match on my own.

ah fairly simple then, but dont forget you will require a minimum of two internet connections from COMPLETLY seperate companies (ie not one company that piggybacks on another networks) because if you lose net you become completly unable to function.

though with your needs you might not need cloud just a good webhosting/VPS package could work
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You might be interested in office 365, just got an advert from them yesterday night. Seams like an okay deal, maybe check them out.
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ah fairly simple then, but dont forget you will require a minimum of two internet connections from COMPLETLY seperate companies

What kind of business can function these days without internet access? No email, no phones, any communication/collaboration tools with customers or other businesses are unavailable.

Even as a retail outfit...if you have to put up the 'no cards' sign, you might as well close for the day.
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What kind of business can function these days without internet access? No email, no phones, any communication/collaboration tools with customers or other businesses are unavailable.

Even as a retail outfit...if you have to put up the 'no cards' sign, you might as well close for the day.

I think what he's getting at is that if you have a server on-site, you can still do something if your Internet access goes down. In a cloud-based setup, you can do NOTHING if your Internet access drops dead, hence the need for greater communications redundancy.
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