We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.
Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
We do a biannual renewal. I know how much that renewal is, but I don't know how much it breaks down to be just Synergy, since we have our VMware, all of our physical equipment, etc. all rolled up into one renewal, which is a little over $300,000 every two years. However, only a subset of that is the Synergy product. There was at least about a 20 percent savings in cost over our purchase based on the purchase price of the compute modules themselves versus what we've had to pay before. It was significantly less.
Since Synergies are expensive, our TCO may have gone up.
We pay for licensing on the fibre channel uplinks, on the Virtual Connect, which is an add-on. This is in addition to the VMware and Microsoft licensing for the operating systems. Our IT infrastructure costs have not been affected by this solution. Most of our infrastructure surrounding and supporting Synergy was already purchased prior to it being set up.
The price point is a little high. We were able to get a good deal on a promotion, to go with it. It would be nice to see the prices come down a little bit.
We bought everything outright to start with. We don't do much consumption-based stuff.
The platform that we run Synergy on is all virtualized. Our primary cost is likely VMware.
VMware is part of the cost. We bought the chassis, we bought the solution. The blades are roughly running us $60,000 a pop right now.
We outright purchased Synergy. Our TCO has been affected by five percent.
The licensing is more around the software for RGS, because we are deploying bare metal installs. It is mainly the operating system and any lights-out management. So, licensing is minimum. We are licensing it annually. When we made the purchase of the hardware, we added Professional Services to it. It reduced our IT infrastructure cost by a little because of the amount of capacity and it is bigger. I only have 12 blades in Synergy, where in the c7000, I had 16 blades. I lost four systems for customers in the way that we deploy systems.
The biggest cost is the VMware licensing. In our whole environment, the cost is in the millions. On this particular chassis, the annual cost is 12 blades times approximately $40,000.
We do CAPEX.
It costs us around $60,000 a year. The solution has reduced our IT infrastructure costs by 50 percent.
After buying it, I don't think there are any costs other than for regular support.