Before we start this article, I want you to know that all these costs are relative. You may have specific criteria that may increase or decrease the cost of SharePoint to your business. To understand how much a customized solution will cost your environment, click here for more information.
You have figured out that you need SharePoint in your organization. Now you need to know one thing: how much will it cost? Well, this is a complicated question that I will answer using a few paragraphs.
The first thing you should consider is the cost of the licensing for the Windows servers.
Usually you can get this pricing from an authorized partner. Global Software Resources is a gold-certified Microsoft partner, for example. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The cost structure for this is by server node. Every server in the environment must be licensed by Windows server 2003 or later. You may also look into licensing of database software, i.e. SQL. This is recommended for any mid-size to large installations. Every business is unique though, and needs personal hands-on assessment.
Windows SharePoint Services installs as part of the OS. The license can either come in a Standard config or an Enterprise config. You will need to choose the right one depending on the size of your current organization.
Microsoft suggests customers to use multi-processor 64 bit servers with 2 GB of RAM. You will probably be able to allocate around 400 users to 1 machine. If you need more scalability, a server farm of 3 servers will probably be able to support 4000 users. We recommend that you create a cluster for redundancy and high-availability. This will require a few more servers. But again hardware costs will always be very unique to your own needs.
Microsoft recommends that you choose a well-established partner to help you set up SharePoint in your current environment. My team and I at Global Software Resources (GSR) can come in and give you an evaluation of the software and training after we have helped you implement this. This will be speed up your team’s learning curve and help avoid down-time that may be caused due to lack of experience with the product.
Again to find out the exact cost rather than these “rough” estimates, you can click right here and find out more.