Customers with FileMaker Server may chose to host Crate Pro  files online. AWS is commonly used  or you may select any online hosting company that hosts FileMaker Server. 

FileMaker Server can be purchased from us at a discounted cost, however, because we use a perpetual license from Claris-FileMaker, they require a minimum of 5 CAL ( or client computer licenses)  to be associated with a Client-Server configuration.  If your current CAL license count is less, you will need to increase your CAL count or purchase FileMaker Server outside of Deploy Tech Services. Ensure you have the most current version to be compatible with Crate Pro 6.

FileMaker Server licenses purchased outside of Deploy Tech Services are not supported for installation, issues or updates. We provide installation assistance for FIleMaker Server on a local server, however, online hosting services may have different set-up requirements that we do not assist with. Please ensure you have your own IT familiar with the process or contact an IT company that is familiar with online hosting requirements.

Licenses purchased through Deploy Tech Services are a perpetual license and do not require annual low cost annual maintenance to continue to use Crate Pro 6.  However many hosting services require that you maintain the most current Server release because of security updates and O/S compatibility. FileMaker Server licenses purchased outside of Deploy Tech Services are typically sold as an annual lease and will need to ,be re-purchased at full price each year to function.

This company has assisted several of our customers with AWS installations and provided the below costing information.

Any costs associated with online hosting are separate from Crate Pro 6 and license purchases and will be bourn by you.


Bullet Points

For hosting the Crate Pro files, the typical costs to get hosted are:

1. Purchase a new subdomain - free if you already have a domain
2. Buy an SSL certificate - $99 / year on GoDaddy
3. Monthly usage fee on AWS - $35 / month (minimum) based on speeds and file sizes

The monthly hosting fee depends on the size of the FileMaker databases and how many people access the file at once. With the minimum CAL,  hosting will average about $35/month (Jan 2023)

Based on existing Crate Pro companies using AWS, common pricing hosted range between $35-$45 a month. The way Amazon breaks down the costs fall into 2 categories: the instance type, which determines your CPUs and Memory, and the storage. You need some storage for the database files themselves, plus extra for FileMaker Server. You can get additional cost storage for backups (optional, but highly recommend).

Instance Pricing
T3.medium     $30/month (almost everyone uses this tier)
T3.large        $60/month (for heavy usage)
T3.xlarge        $120/month (for very heavy usage, typically with 3rd party integrations)

Storage Pricing
$0.10 / GB / month (we recommend at least 25 GB)

Backup Pricing

$0.015 / GB / month (Amazon requires 125 GB minimum)

** Price is as of January 1 2023 and is subject to change without notice.