What are the things that should I investigate for making an estimate of the cost of deploying 1000 instances of Drupal, for example?

I was thinking in:

  • Database space
  • Database usage (in ops/second? how can I test it?)
  • Application uploads space
  • Application processing time (again, how to measure?)
  • Bandwidth usage (for medium/low traffic sites)
  • DevOps / Technical Support time

This is all about bringing a SaaS platform. Is there anything else I should take in consideration?

How can I know how many "instances" would be able to run in a single host? Much like a Shared Hosting

Would Amazon EC2 / Google / Azure be cheaper than having dedicated servers?

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    Would you like us to write a business plan too or should we just plan a VC round?
    – chicks
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 0:49
  • @chicks No I just want to know what variables should I have in mind to build my own business plan
    – JorgeeFG
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 1:54

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In reply to 'Would Amazon EC2 / Google / Azure be cheaper than having dedicated servers?'

I've done a lot of investigating into this and in every case they are NOT.

80 Linux servers running 24h/365 - annual cost: Total cost per year Google £37,515.46 AWS £29,196.53

These costs do NOT include data transfer.

You can buy a dedicated cloud appliance for less than £50k, fully supported, that will run more servers and last you 3 years (min).

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