We've imported a large number of "legacy" projects from various pre-JIRA issue trackers. These have to be kept online for occasional references, but are never modified (read-only).
We'd like to move them to a separate JIRA-instance, federated with the active one so as to keep the main instance with active projects more nimble. However, we have only one 2000-user license.
Can we split the instance like this – the user-accounts are all maintained in the same company-wide Active Directory anyway – or would it require doubling the license costs even though the number of users is the same?
Please, advise. Thank you!
We had the same situation and discussed it with Atlassian. I can confirm that a license split is not possible. You need another license for the other instance. Unfortunately, after we bought that license, Atlassian recommended against Federation in favor of going with Data Center. Data Center has a different pricing model that you should check first. It is much more expensive.
Data Center will only really help you if you're having issues with concurrent users. As far as licensing goes, you're still looking at one license per JIRA instance (just spread out over multiple machines). So for the case of multiple JIRA instances, Data Center wouldn't help.
Daniel is correct. Each instance of JIRA requires its own set of licenses. You do have a cost saving option in your use case depending on the sensitivity of your data and how much control you have over access to your JIRA server. The option that I'm referring to is to set up anonymous access to your "legacy" instance. This means you can go with the most basic user license (10 users) and still give people access to browse the system. Of course, anonymous access means that anyone who can reach your JIRA server can view the issues, so you would need to tightly control access to the server if the data was sensitive. For very sensitive data, I would avoid this option altogether.
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