ClubDrive Systems, Cloud Hosted IT, Simplified. - Atlanta, GA
“Moving to ClubDrive was the best business decision
I ever made.
~ Bert Light - Owner, Artlite Office Supplies
We welcome accurate comparisons, it's how our customers clearly see the value of what we provide in dollars and sense. Conventional thinking that paying a monthly subscription fee for each user is more expensive is wrong.

The capital expenses of hardware and the supporting costs of operating a tradtional IT infrastructure add up to a pretty big number. We've included a few real life use case comparisons below.

10 User Real Ownership Cost Comparison
Ten is a manageable number to make reasonable comparisions between traditional IT costs and ClubDrive's fee. Also note this is only for a 3 year cycle - important because most hardware will need to be replaced every 3-5 years. That means capital investment semi-frequently pushes in-house costs even higher in a short period of time.

Initial Upfront Costs

  In House IT   ClubDrive
- Hardware   $6,800   $0
- Software   $1,863   $0
- Implementation   $6,200   $7440
Total Initial Upfront Costs   $14,863   $7440
Recurring Annual Costs        
- Hardware Support   $1,824   $0
- Windows Support   $1,011   $0
- User Support Services   N/A   $3000
- Disaster Recovery*   $1,850   $0 (included)
Total Recurring Annual Costs   $4,685   $3000
Recurring Monthly Costs        
- Facilities   $630   $0
- High-Speed Internet   $800   $2500
- Virtual Desktop & Applications   Not included   $1850
- In-House Personnel   $3,750   $0
Total Recurring Monthly Costs   $5,180   $1,850
Year 1 Costs   $81,708   $32,640
Year 2 Costs   $66,845   $25,200
Year 3 Costs   $66,845   $25,200
Total Cost for 3 Years   $215,398   $83,040
Average User Cost Monthly   $598.32   $230.66
Download Full Calculations & Assumptions        

ClubDrive vs AWS Work Space Desktop Pricing 2015
Just looking at hosted desktop pricing alone can illustrate a significant costs difference. AWS WorkSpace charges for email, bandwidth/usage and support in addition to what is itemized above. Those charges are variable based on use. We've included notations from AWS site - the small print is pretty important here.


Dedicated Virtual File Servers     √ ₁
Dedicated Virtual  XenApp Application Servers     N/A
Dedicated Virtual Non-Production Image Servers     √ ₁
Nightly Worry Free Server and Data Backup     √*
Remote Device Monitoring    
CloudPortal Service Manager (User and Applications Self Management)     $5**
Secure Desktop Access    
Windows Desktop as a Service     $35
Microsoft Office Standard      Not Available
Microsoft Office Professional   $3   $15
Hosted Exchange 5 Gb Mailbox     Not Available ($6.95 Separate vendor)
Email Spam Filter and Virus Protection     Included Virus Protection Only
Email Archiving 50 GB/Mailbox     Not Available
Worx Mobile Application     Not Available
Abobe Reader     Buy on AWS
Adobe Acrobat STD (Per User)    BYOL or $30.00 CD provided   Buy on AWS
Adobe Acrobat Pro (Per User)   BYOL or $48.00 CD provided   Buy on AWS
QuickBooks License (Per User)   $10   Buy on AWS
QuickBooks Hosting (Per User)   BYOL   Buy on AWS
ShareFile (Per User)   $11   Not Available
SQL Express     
MS SQL PROC LIC  (33+ Users)   $395   Not Available
MS SQL SAL (User)   $11   Not Available
Monthly Support      Estimated $5
CloudPortal Service Manager (User and Applications Self Management)     √ (Between Client and WorkSpace)***
Monthly WorkSpace  Cost Per User   $65.00   $55 Does not include email, Support or Usage
AWS Exceptions
Web traffic from the user’s WorkSpaces (accessing public Internet, downloading files etc.) will be charged separately as AWS outbound bandwidth on your bill.

*The user volume (D:) on the WorkSpace is backed up every 12 hours. In the case of a WorkSpace failure, AWS can restore this volume from the backup. If Amazon WorkDocs Sync is enabled on a WorkSpace, the folder a user chooses to sync will be continuously backed up and stored in Amazon WorkDocs.

**Both the Lite and Standard plans include 100GB of storage for the apps, and S3 charges of $.03/GB storage plus $.01/GB/1000 Requests will apply for additional storage.

***The monthly subscription includes the streaming bandwidth between the user’s client and a WorkSpace. Web traffic from the user’s WorkSpaces (accessing public Internet, downloading files etc.) will be charged separately as AWS outbound bandwidth on your bill.