Compare server and cloud costs


Learn how Atlassian’s self-hosted and cloud software pricing models differ, and how to compare costs.

Before deciding to move to cloud, it's essential to understand and measure the cost implications. When evaluating, consider holistically the costs and benefits involved with choosing one deployment method over the other. Here, we'll outline some of the key factors that affect your total cost of ownership (commonly referred to as TCO) in cloud, server, and Data Center.

Cloud pricing

Several variables can affect your total cost in cloud:

  1. Your choice of plan: We offer multiple plans for Jira and Confluence Cloud: Free, Standard, Premium, and Enterprise. The options are designed to let you choose the right features and functionality at every stage of growth, from teams of three to global enterprises. Learn more about plans and pricing for Jira and Confluence Cloud.

  2. Your payment schedule: If you're on a paid plan, you'll also need to factor in payment schedules. Atlassian's cloud products are offered as monthly or annual subscriptions, allowing you to spread costs over time. For monthly subscriptions, we offer per-user pricing, meaning you never have to pay for more than what you use. Annual pricing is based on distinct user tiers and if you choose to pay annually, you'll receive what amounts to two months free. To learn more, check out our Atlassian Cloud Licensing page.

  3. What apps you use: You'll want to think about what apps and integrations you'll need in cloud.

  4. If you want Atlassian Access: You’ll need to determine whether you’ll subscribe to Atlassian Access, which offers enterprise-grade security and centralized administration across all your Atlassian cloud products.

  5. If you qualify for Academic or Community discounts: Finally, if you're an eligible academic or non-profit organization, you may qualify for discounted cloud pricing.

To easily estimate your costs in cloud and trial different scenarios, visit our cloud and Access pricing calculators.

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Moving to cloud can decrease your total cost of ownership by reducing spending on equipment, infrastructure, and other hosting costs – not to mention admin time. With cloud, we host, update, secure and maintain our products for you.

When comparing cloud and self-hosted total cost of ownership, it's important to consider more than the product costs. Remember to factor in things like hosting and storage, administrative time, and other costs inherent to running self-managed applications.

Self-managed pricing

Atlassian's server products, on the other hand, are offered as perpetual licenses on an annual payment plan. Server licenses entitle you to the software itself and 12 months of maintenance. After 12 months, renewing maintenance will cost 50% of the license fee (see the Purchasing & Licensing FAQ for more details).

Data Center, our self-managed enterprise offering, provides the same functionality you know and love in our server products but has additional capabilities to better serve enterprise organizations.

Unlike server licenses, Data Center is offered as an annual subscription that does expire. That means to continue using your Data Center products after the original annual term, you'll need to renew your subscription. The renewal cost is the same as a new subscription purchase for the user tier you need. For more information and pricing details, check out our Data Center Licensing and Pricing FAQ.

With server and Data Center you install, host, set up, secure and run our products yourself, either on your own hardware or through hosting services like AWS. These costs need to be factored in to your total cost of ownership.

Last modified on Oct 16, 2020

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