Small Business has a helpful server buyer's guide that lists several small business server options that range from $499 to a little over $1,000.
On the other end of the scale are high-end servers for tasks like data-intensive Web and database serving, video storage and sharing and enterprise-grade messaging and conferencing.
In fact, the hardware and software costs typically account for only 15 to 25 percent of the overall costs associated with installing, maintaining, upgrading and supporting a dedicated server.
For many businesses, the server becomes the lifeline to its success and any downtime can be disastrous, making it critically important to invest in your server's ongoing operation.
The dollar amounts can add up quite quickly in this area – for example, to handle e-mail services you'll need an application like Microsoft Exchange Server, which starts at $699 for the Standard edition and $3,999 for the Enterprise edition; for database services an app like Microsoft SQL Server will cost nearly $900; and for file sharing and online collaboration, options like Microsoft's Sharepoint Server or Citrix Presentation Server can cost anywhere from $400 to $3,000 or more.