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Software & service by SDSC at UC San Diego

Cost Comparison

Vendor Built Instance

Drupal Freelancer: $13.3K /yr + $6.1K Setup
Drupal Agency: $31.6K /yr + $15.2K Setup

Our Managed Hosting

SeedMeLab Lite: $6.6K /yr

Our Managed hosting is 2x to 5x cost effective than vendors.
It also includes Premium modules and expertise as original creators.

Calculation Methodology

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Labor

Drupal Freelancer Rate: $60/hour & Drupal Agency Rate: $150/hour

Experienced vendor with a solid experience in

  1. System administration
  2. Web server configuration, security and management
  3. Database configuration, security and management
  4. Drupal configuration, customization, theming, security and maintenance
  5. Performance and monitoring costs are not included

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Infrastructure Hosted on AWS

Uses annual reserved instance pricing which is least expensive.

  1. Server instance T2.Medium
  2. Database: RDS Aurora DB.T3.Small
  3. Storage: EFS 100 GB (S3 storage is not officially supported by Drupal)
  4. Backup: Managed service provided by Rsync.net
  5. Data egress charges are not included

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Annual Costs

Vendor type Cost type Maintenance Infrastructure Total annual cost
Freelance Recurring Cost $12,240 /yr $1,029.24 /yr $13,269 /yr
Freelance Setup Cost $4,860 $1,200.00 $6,060
Agency Recurring Cost $30,600 /yr $1,029.24 /yr $31,629 /yr
Agency Setup Cost $12,150 Once $3,000.00 Once $15,150 Once
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Site & Server Maintenance

(Recurring cost $30.6K /yr)
Activity Monthly Hours Annual Hours Annual Cost
(Freelance)
Annual Cost
(Agency)
OS maintenance updates/upgrades 1 12 $720 $1,800
OS security updates 1 12 $720 $1,800
Drupal core updates 1 12 $720 $1,800
Drupal module updates 2 24 $1,440 $3,600
Site testing 1 12 $720 $1,800
Unexpected interventions 1 12 $720 $1,800
Update preparation and deployment 10 120 $7,200 $18,000
Monthly maintenance hours 17
Annual maintenance hours 204
Annual maintenance costs $12,240 $30,600
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Infrastructure Hosted on AWS (Frugal)

(Recurring cost $1k /yr)
Item Type Monthly Annual
Server T2.Medium $20.95 $251.40
Database DB.T3.Small $24.82 $297.84
Storage EFS 100 GB $30 $360.00
Backup Rsync.net $10 $120.00
Total Annual cost $1,029.24
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Drupal Site Setup

(One time cost: Freelance $3.6K)
(One time cost: Agency $9.1K)
Setup item Hours Setup Cost
(Freelance)
Setup Cost
(Agency)
Drupal installation 1 $60 $150
Site configuration & customization 40 $2,400 $6,000
Site theming 20 $1,200 $3,000
Total setup hours 61
Total setup costs $3,660 $9,150
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AWS Infrastructure Setup

(One time cost: Freelance $1.2K)
(One time cost: Agency $3K)
Item Hours Setup Cost
(Freelance)
Setup Cost
(Agency)
OS + Webserver setup 6 $360 $900
WebServer configuration 1 $60 $150
OS + Database setup 6 $360 $900
Database configuration 1 $60 $150
Backup & restore setup 6 $360 $900
Total setup hours 20
Total setup costs $1,200 $3,000