We moved to 100% Canons (MF525dw - desktop AIO, C5550 - floor AIO, ICLBP312DN - desktop print only)
They have been great overall - very little downtime in the 2 years we've had them.
Only complaint I have is the ADF (automatic document feeder) on the MF525dw doesn't hold it's position great. Tightening the screws on it seems to make it better for a while.
We looked at Ricoh and Kyocera, and Canon just crushed them on price, more than 10% savings over the life of the contract.
We did a 5 year lease, including maintenance and toner. Management made me push my pre-paid page count be a little lower than our previous 2 years showed we were using to ensure we didn't overpay... so instead we pay a slightly higher fee for that - but that would have happened regardless of vendor.
Interesting, We get tiered pricing with Kyocera and that blew the competition away. Canon, at least with the local agents, couldn't compete. The TCO over 5 years was significantly better with Kyocera.
Mind you we don't pre-pay prints, it's per-click cost (copies & scans are included too), so our monthly costs are variable BUT we're still saving a lot compared to the old copiers we replaced.
Interesting. The click rate is based on the prepaid amount. I looked at our yearly over the last two years, then we went like 10% less then that for our included cost. It's baked into the monthly cost, then yearly we get a difference bill, so calling it prepaid - not really, it's monthly paid.
Hey guys, thought I'd get your input. Our org has grown and I'm needing to double our internal production server capacity. We are currently running an HP DL360 G8 / Windows Server 2012 Standard / P822 / 3 D2600 + 36 HP 3TB SAS drives (MB3000FBUCN) configured in raid 10ADM (3 drives per set).
I'm getting horrible benchmarks on the random read MB/s access with CrystalDiskMark RND4K Q1T1 (3.73 vs 2780 sequential). This server stores about 30 million files ranging from 50kb - 10MB and the full storage capacity rotates probably 2 - 3 times a year as we process these jobs then move them to cold storage.
Forget 2.5" HDDs. SSDs has killed that market with huge performance improvements for the same or lower price. And much higher reliability.
Where magnetic media reigns supreme is large storage arrays using 10+TB 3.5" HDDs. Best price per TB for this technology.
SSDs have moved on to the NVMe interface for performance reasons but there are still legacy applications for SAS and SATA SSDs.
Don't know how much storage you need at what speed, but you'd get the best out of both worlds with a mix of 3.5" HDDs and SSDs (preferable NVMe).
If you're using an external SAS enclosure, put the SSDs in the server and the HDDs in the enclosure. That way you'll minimize the performance drop. SSDs will otherwise saturate the SAS links.
If you want to go all SSDs, you might want to go for SATA if you want lots of them and want to put them on a raid card. Current pricing is about $170 per TB for Samsung's value enterprise SATA and also their NVMe drives. There are few SAS SSDs available and they cost more. If you buy from HP (or Dell) expect to pay 2 to 3 times as much.
As a comparison 3.5" enterprise HDDs are below $30 per TB.
As for drive sizes, SSDs will usually get cheaper per TB as you go bigger up to about 8TB or so. Fewer drives are better than more drives so go as big as you need.
For 3.5" drives the point of diminishing return is 16TB. There are larger drives but they are not as cost effective and can be hard to find.
Four of the world's five top executioners in 2020 were Middle East states, Amnesty International says.
Iran, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia accounted for 88% of the 483 reported executions worldwide, according to a report by the human rights group. It accuses them of displaying "a ruthless and chilling persistence" in putting people to death despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The global total was the lowest in a decade, but it did not include China. China is believed to execute thousands of people each year, but the true extent of its use of the death penalty is unknown as the data is a state secret.
IMO: Sangoma can still achieve a nice recovery if they get their hands real dirty and don't rest until they clean up or rewrite huge chunks of FreePBX.
I don't know the current development team, but Matt Fredrickson, Lorne Gaetz, Mike White and others involved in the project who I know, are truly amazing people and want to make FreePBX better. If they leave Sangoma, we can officially say RIP FreePBX.
We are packing LIKE CRAZY. Too much to do to take a load to storage today. But we are loading the van and I'll take it tomorrow. We are down to one car because Paul already sold his, and he has to deal with tons of emergency COVID tests and things (emergency because of travel stuff, not because of having COVID) that require the only vehicle. He leaves Monday morning.
I'll be off to Houston tomorrow with a load for the storage unit. We are in the home stretch now!
We have someone over working in the yard today getting as much as possible ready.
Dominica is busily painting the dining room today.