Non Profits: New server or server in the cloud? $2000 AWS credit available

Non Profits: New server or server in the cloud? $2000 AWS credit available


Your 2008 server lost one drive, no problem, you had a RAID with 4 drives so it’s still running, but the problem was that your outsourced IT didn’t notice the 1st drive crashed until the 2nd one did.  Now the server is dead.  Your IT gives you a quote for a new server + labor

Option #1:

Move forward with your ITs quote and set yourself up to possibly repeat this situation in the future.  Even though they’ve told you that this time the backups are better.

Option #2:

Move to the cloud.

AWS is offering $2000 in yearly credits to non-profits who qualify through Techsoup.  Techsoup charges an admin fee of $175 to get the credits.  If you’re a boost member the credits cost $80.–G-50197–

Apply these credits to your AWS free tier account, then purchase TrueStack Direct Connect through the AWS marketplace.  Use TrueStack to connect your computers to your Windows Server in AWS.

Cost estimate for 10 computers:

1 Windows 2016 Server, EC2 instance, T2 Micro Small with 2GBs of memory, 3 Hard drives

  • 1x200GBs GP2 SSD drive for the base OS
  • 1x1000GBs drive for the Data
  • 1x1000GB Cold HDD drive. Use Windows Backup to backup nightly to this drive
  • Periodically Snapshot the server for an additional layer of backup.


Techsoup AWS yearly cost with boost $80, without, $175

AWS – With Techsoup credit monthly cost = $0

TrueStack – 10 device connections –  $50 a month, 25 device connections and unlimited connections also available.

For more information contact TrueStack – or 619-550-2971 or contact Steve Fink on Linkedin – or visit

Additional Savings:

  • No more server in the closet, so you save on power
  • Save on offsite backup
  • Save on Onsite Support
  • Save on the cost of a new server
  • Save on the cost of Microsoft licenses for the new server
  • Free up that server closet storage space!



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