We have a 500 user Jira Server edition license and we are at capacity. We were planning to upgrade to the 2000 user server edition before our renewal expires, but it appears to be the same amount to upgrade to the data center version for 1000 users (we don't have a need to add over 1000 users at the moment). So we want to simply purchase the 1000 user data center upgrade but apply the license to our server version instance until we are ready to add additional nodes. Can we simply apply the new data center license to our server edition in the short term, and it will operate as it does now, or does this require a completely new install of the data center version? We do plan to add another node, but this will not happen anytime soon.
Data Center is really a different hosting option than Server, intended to operate your instance at scale. Think performance, think disaster recovery, think smart mirroring in order to keep your instance up and running at any time.
There is some things to take into consideration, both from a functional and a financial perspective as well. If you have add-ons on your instance, you will need to validate whether those add-ons are datacenter compatible. Data center licensing is also non-perpetual. This means that you will have to renew the license at full price each year.
In short, considering the data center option is definitely a great idea as your environment is scaling up and becomes mission critical for your organisation. But it is not just a simple licensing trick that is behind this. Should you consider moving to a data center solution, I recommend you to contact Atlassian or an Atlassian Expert Partner to assist you with that.
Walter - I understand what Data Center is intended for. We have a strategy to do a Data Center implementation next year, but at the moment we need to upgrade our existing license (our renewal is up and we are at capcity). We would prefer to to simply purchase data center now for 1000 users and apply it to our server edition. If we upgrade to data center, do we need to install a whole new version of JIRA on top of our current environment?
I am trying to avoid paying 16000 for a JIRA Server edition upgrade to 2K users, then purchase JIRA Data Center for an additional 16000 4 months from now. So - my question is, can we get the data center version now, but continue to run the regular server edition until we are ready to fully implement data center?
Data Center (and the licensing) is indeed a very different setup. Both in terms of licensing as technically. From a financial perspective, it might indeed not be the best idea to upgrade now and switch to datacenter in a few months. But mixing a data center license with your server setup is not possible.
If you plan to move to data center anyway, it might be the time to do so now. Or to repeat my advice, talk to Atlassian directly or a local Atlassian Expert to help you assess the situation and find the best solution for your situation.
There is good discussion elsewhere about whether or not this is really the most cost effective option for you, but to answer the technical question directly:
In short, it is technically possible, but it is neither trivial nor free, so you should weigh these options (probably with, as Walter suggests, guidance from a Technical Account Manager or Expert Partner) rather than make an impulsive decision. It may be the right long-term move and still have unacceptable short-term impact, and there may be other options they can suggest to reduce this risk.
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