Mike Wilson asks:
Our small school (around 500 students) likely needs to replace our current network server/storage.
I've been told this is likely going to cost around $12,000 if we include licensing fees.
It kind of depends on what you're trying to do.
If all you're looking for is network accessible storage, $1000 buys an awful lot NAS appliance (just browse microcenter or CDW), w/ RAID. Add $1500 for tape backup. Add 5%/year for a service contract.