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My advice is to take a look at both the on-premises and cloud offerings from Quorum. We have been using an on-premises solution but we will probably evaluate the cloud version come renewal time.
When we quote the price of Quorum to customers, they find it expensive.
The initial expenditure for us was a little under $40,000 for the recent renewal. For the first three years after that, other than electricity, there's no cost. After that, their support contract has to be renewed annually. We spent close to $6,000, between the two offices, for support. That's not a big deal when you're pretty much guaranteed that you're going to be able to recover in an emergency situation. That's well worth it. I think they're really reasonable. If you price out servers like the ones they put in here, and even if you were to put it in your own system — without figuring out the software and all of the logistics of doing that — it would cost you almost as much just to buy the hardware. Microsoft licensing is very expensive and, if you're going to do anything on your own, you've got to have a team of developers. That's just not something we're in the business of doing with a small IT department. We don't have time to do stuff like that.
The solution can be on the pricier side depending on options selected but it's one of those situations where if time is valuable and resources are limited, it might be worth it. Each use case is unique.
The cost is higher than other software and services, but it is an absolute must-have. It pays for itself daily, even if you never have a disaster (knock on wood).
When we first got the Quorum the licensing was different.
This is the best money I spend on my budget. We have never questioned whether it is worth it because it so obviously is a great value.
It's been a while since I've purchased it and I only do maintenance now. Licensing is based on of the number of nodes you have, the number of end devices you're backing up. It's based on the cloud service, if you're going to have that. And, if you're going to have multiple devices that are backups of each other, they will have their own. But most of these are pretty straightforward. The only one that I don't have experience with is the bare metal restore. I don't know how that's licensed.
The total for our current solution's licensing is about $14,000 for 12 servers for three years. We bought hardware from Quorum which was part of the total. We paid upfront to get a discount.
If you were to go out and buy a server, you would not pay much more than what you would pay for the devices that they sold us. They took a massive discount off of these devices. If I were to give you a quote on what the servers would cost, it might not be accurate across the board because each device is configured differently, depending on how much memory you need, how much hard drive space that you need, the processor size, and how many HA devices you're going to be putting on it. There are a lot of factors involved in pricing. There is also a maintenance agreement for the software and updates. Those also vary in pricing, depending on how many protected nodes are going to be on it. Included in that is the support from Quorum, so if something goes wrong, you give them a call. You get somebody on the phone an hour or so later. You start a remote session and they log in and they take care of everything. It's really nice.
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