I am using JIRA 6.3 and planing to migrate to JIRA software 7.0.10 and JIRA datacenter. Is JIRA datacenter the same as JIRA software for all my test environments so I would just install JIRA Software 7.0.10 and then for production just install datacenter? Then how does licensing work - will my TEST JIRA Software 7.0.10 just use a developers license of the datacenter license? It's getting confusing I know but can't seem to get a clear picture from the documentation.
I think you've got it right actually. Upgrade to JIRA Software 7.0.10, then get production on to data-centre, and build test systems as required.
Your test environments don't need to be data-centre unless you're specifically testing the data-centre capabilities - JIRA Software is functionally the same on the surface whether it's data-centre or standalone. A data-centre licence simply allows the extra functionality to work, so installing a dev licence for it on a standalone test system could be thought of as enabling a "cluster of one node"
Great - final question and I am actually looking at the Installing JIRA Data Center documentation and it reads like there is no specific DC install - you install JIRA Software version 7 or above and then you do the steps to setup your nodes etc? I think this is where all my confusion lay as it's not really a separate application but an add on to JIRA Software?
My understanding is that it's not even an add-on.
All the core code for data-centre is buried and dormant within a standard JIRA installation. It doesn't do anything until you apply a data-centre licence, and then it wakes up and starts accepting config for your nodes!
It's been a few months since I looked at a DC install, so I'm not 100% sure that is still the case, although it would surprise me if it has changed and I've not noticed!
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