Atlassian stops server licensing, forcing customers to the cloud

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Atlassian has announced the end of server licenses and requires customers to move to its cloud services or opt for the expensive Data Center options. The Aussie company makes software development and collaboration tools that include Jira for project and issue tracking.

They are also behind Confluence, used in document collaboration, Bitbucket, which manages source code management, and Bamboo, for deployment and continuous integration.

The CEO Scott Farquhar, wrote in a blog post last week, informing customers that as of February 2, 2021, the server license sales would no longer apply. As of February 2, 2024, the company will end support and bug fixes for server products.

Cloud-first Atlassian

The idea here is that the customers should migrate to cloud services. The bad news for people who do not want to go to the cloud does not end here. The prices will rise for existing users who bought the software before October 2019.

Atlassian is keeping its on-premises enterprise software, Data Center Editions, but at higher prices, with the perk being priority support in most instances.

The company said that it is looking to sharpen its focus as a cloud-first company, stating that more than 90% of customers start with Atlassian products based in the cloud.

Users aren’t too happy

The implication here is that users will see an end of the $10 licenses used in self-hosted editions, which can accommodate up to 10 users for Confluence, Jira, Bamboo, and Bitbucket. These products will not be available after February 2, 2021.

The company will retain ‘always free’ cloud plans for up to 10 users. The problem for users is that they think the cloud version is not the same as the server version, claiming that it has limitations in crucial sections.