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  •  A charity that needs a $5500 server is not "small" (0+ / 0-)

    Most small charities don't even need a dedicated server, period. If your idea of "small" means you need a $5K server, then I'm sorry but it sounds like you have no concept of what truly small businesses and organizations are like. Just sayin'....

    Eric Stetson -- Entrepreneur and Visionary.

    by Eric Stetson on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 10:19:53 PM PST

    •  American Red Cross of NW Indiana? (1+ / 0-)
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      That's my former employer.  We had nine employees on the service side, including the director, plus about twenty core volunteers (the people who show up twice a week or go out to apartment fires at 3 am).  

      It was a small chapter if you measure it by the number of employees, but since we had to keep track of first-aid, EMT and lifeguard cert for three counties, received donations from hundreds of businesseses and individuals (who all needed documentation for the IRS) and maintained a caseload of families who needed ongoing post-disaster aid, such an expense for a server would not be unreasonable.

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 04:56:10 AM PST

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      •  What would all that bandwidth be used for? (0+ / 0-)

        A $5K server provides an amount of bandwidth orders of magnitude beyond what an organization of the size you're describing would need.

        Really, I think people who work in big organizations are just used to the idea of being able to waste lots of money. Small business owners and entrepreneurs don't have that luxury. You'd be surprised at how big of an organization you can run with no server at all, actually, just an account on a shared server. I've done it. It happens all the time. People and organizations who don't have lots of money to throw around do very well without gigantic servers.

        Eric Stetson -- Entrepreneur and Visionary.

        by Eric Stetson on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 04:11:11 AM PST

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