It’s been a few years since we’ve stopped in for a sanity check. Quick: without searching the web for prices, put these items in order. Do it on a scratch paper, guessing how much you think each one costs, then arrange ’em.
- SQL Server 2017 Standard Edition licensing for 4 cores
- SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition licensing for 1 core
- 64GB of memory for a modern server (Dell r740)
- 256GB of memory for a modern server (Dell r740)
- A mirrored pair of 4TB PCIe SSDs
- One year of an 8-core, 61GB RAM, 1.9TB SSD VM in EC2 (i3.2xlarge)
- One month of an 8-core, 40GB RAM Azure Managed Instance (G5 BC)
- One typical day of IT employee time (say, developer, sysadmin, DBA)
- One week of a team’s time (4 people)
And I’ll make it a little easier for you: group them into these buckets:
- Under $2,000
- Above $10K
Without searching the web, write down on scratch paper what you think they cost, and put them in order. When you’re done, check yourself in the comments.
I find that if you haven’t been shopping for this stuff recently, you might be spending a little too much time slaving over a hot Pentium 4.