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For draw.io on Confluence Cloud,
Lastly, the Confluence Cloud version appears to be free. I'd like to understand upfront if that is really free or is it free with limitations or free with adverts/upsell?
It is very close, but does need a separate document now I look at it.
Diagrams are stored as attachments on the Confluence Cloud instance, we don't persist anything. The diagram data goes direct between the client and Confluence on save/load, it doesn't pass through our servers.
We have an FAQ entry on this.
The Confluence Cloud version is free, yes. Confluence Cloud instances are generally of the lower seat counts. When companies get to certain usage size they tend to shift over to Server. It's there we generate money because virtually all stay with draw.io. So yes, we do make money from it indirectly.
I would have thought that the cloud versions scale better (isn't that one of the promises of cloud?). That's still likely true, so I am guessing that there are other reasons why companies choose to migrate to Server once they hit a certain usage size (which probably varies from company to company). I was looking for a bit more context around that statement, just out of curiosity.
(Purely my personal opinions and observations) I think there's 4 main issues I've seen.
I think Cloud will get there on most points and these aren't a burning issues for many users now. But, for now, we see 1 going Server->Cloud for every 10 going the other way. That's just from the perspective of a plugin vendor, Atlassian will have more accurate figures.
All said, you have to suspect most things will go cloud in 10, 20, 30 years, just a question of when.
Thank you for the insight. I've heard complaints about #2 from other groups where I work and I hope the Atlassian addresses that soon. Tied to #1, license consolidation (cost savings) across cloud instances by different groups within a company may be another reason to go to the server version, tied to #1.
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