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SAVE OVER $18,000
with our shared TFS service
Trying to decide between our hosted Team Foundation Server service and an in-house installation? Setting up your own TFS in-house can cost over to $20k in the first year alone. You will need hardware, software, licenses and IT resources. Let us take care of all that for you, so you can save money and focus on developing.
IN-HOUSE COSTS - 10 USERS
Hardware
You will need a server to install TFS on. Pricing varies depending on your configuration, but it will likely be about $5,000. You should also have a separate backup system to protect your valuable data. You could get a network attached storage device, which will cost approximately $1,000.

Hardware Costs $6,000
Software
You will need to purchase the TFS software, which retails for $499. You will also need to install the Windows Server OS, which is $8821.

Software Costs $1,381
Licenses
Let’s say you have 10 developers using TFS. TFS comes with 5 licenses, so you will need 5 more, which costs $499. You will also need to purchase 10 CALs for the Windows Server OS, which will be $300.

License Costs: $799
IT Resources
You will need someone to install and maintain your in-house TFS. For a novice, the TFS installation could take a week or two. After the installation, there are network reviews, system diagnostics, backup tasks, creating/deleting collections or projects, and providing general support for other users. You might hire a full-time TFS administrator; but, more likely, you will assign one of your existing developers to handle all this. It will take about 15% of your developer’s time (including training). If your developer earns $80,000 annually, he will spend $12,000 worth of his time administering the TFS installation (instead of developing).

IT Resource Costs $12,000
More Benefits of Our Hosted TFS
Entry
Our hosted TFS solution has a low cost of entry, without the large capital outlay for hardware, software and licenses. Time of entry is also reduced, since you will no longer need to setup hardware or spend hours and hours installing and configuring software.
Maintenance
We assume the maintenance and infrastructure burden, preventing the strain on your IT resources. You will not need specialized training or specialized staff to administer an in-house installation.
Support
You can communicate directly with our expert support team. We offer free shared desktop video support when you have a particularly complex or frustrating issue you need to resolve.
MSDN Subscriptions and Virtual Machines
You may have MSDN subscriptions for your entire team, saving you on the software and licensing costs. You may also have a VM you can spin up, or an old server available, so you don’t have to fork out for new hardware. With all that, running your own TFS service in-house will still cost you $12k in consumed IT resources every year!

1 Based on Open No Level pricing. Specific pricing depends on your volume licensing or reseller.
2 Assumes replacing hardware and upgrading software every four years.
3 Pricing includes 20% off discount for annual prepayments.



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