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RE: [K12OSN] K12LTSP: TCO?



If you are interested in being able to calculate TCO for your schools
take a look at today's top story on eSchoolnew.com. CoSN just announced
a partnership with Gartner to deliver a tool to help schools much the
way people in the business world have done for years.

-Corey

-----Original Message-----
From: Kirk Rheinlander [mailto:kirk kpj2 com] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 12:48 PM
To: k12ltsp riverdale k12 or us
Subject: [K12OSN] K12LTSP: TCO?

This is a repost of a Jan 21, 2002 post - you can find it in the
archives 
on K12LTSP....

Now that their is apparently a lot of new subscribers to this list, this

post talks about the benefits of an LTSP environment, particularly TCO -

Total Cost of Ownership.....something that seems to be a recurring
question 
-- Kirk
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Just so that some out there are not going to go forward with this
picture 
as a TCO calculation, TCO is made up of a lot more than server$ / # of 
workstations.

Gartner, IDG and other major analyst firms estimate that a typical
Windows 
PC on a desktop in a typical CORPORATE environment costs $12,000-$15,000
a 
year to run. This is based on a TCO comparison, and one that might be
well 
to "sell" to school administration.

A partial list is:
Hardware
         Cost of Hardware on the desktop
         Cost of Servers to support the desktop
         Network Infrastructure, wiring, routers, switches, proxies,
etc.
Software
         Desktop OS, local applications
         Network Server OS, server applications
Security
         Password [re]set, maintenance, authorities and authorizations
         Internet access controls
         Active content monitoring, intrusion detection, Firewalls,
         security applications, penetration testing, authentication,
         Vulnerability scanners, incident response, policy deployment,
etc.
Enterprise Management
         Backups
         Off-site storage
         Business Continuity
         Disaster Recovery
Staffing
         Help desk, user support, diverse skills availability
         Maintenance, installations, etc.

If you actually run the TCO of individual desktops against a server-thin

client structure, things like Citrix / Windows terminal server make lots
of 
financial sense, as a terminal server environment decreases the
maintenance 
cost significantly over "fat" desktops. Then take it to LTSP, and the 
Server OS cost, no desktop OS, no installed local software, etc. go to
zip 
- the TCO is WAY, WAY lower than a Windows or even Mac (with it's 80%
less 
TCO cost than Windows) desktop environment.

OK, so it takes the "Personal" out of "Personal computer", but, put in 
financial terms, there is NO basis for any argument.

So what is the cost of adding 1 Win2k Server to an LTSP environment? The

$700 (<$200 edu) price of the software? No, I would conservatively put
the 
initial cost of the install in the $25,000 range, with at least this in 
recurring TCO costs.

Whenever you figure out the TCO on something, there is both the 
non-recurring (plan, design, implement) cost, and the recurring
(operate, 
maintain) costs. Keep that in mind as well. And it is not a factor of
what 
you are paid, but how many hours it takes, and how many different
diverse 
skills it takes to support the complexities of a "real" IT environment.

Kirk



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