We are analysing the costing of JIRA at the moment. Can you please confirm if we would like to upgrade to latest JIRA version from an year now (we are planning to start with current version i.e. 220.127.116.11 we are testing) what would be the cost we need to pay to get to the latest version of JIRA (say 7.0) We are analysing the cost for both on-demand and download, so if you confirm the future costing for both case, it would be helpful for us to analyse and decide better.
I don't think you have read the licensing page.
For download, you buy the product. Once bought, you get a year's support. If you upgrade during that time, there are no licence costs (just the time and effort it takes you to do the upgrade). After that year, everything will keep working, but you lose support, and you can not upgrade past the end-date of the license.
Buy Jira today, 25th Jan 2013, run it for a year and then let the licence expire.
Assuming that Atlassian release Jira 6 in June 2013, and then Jira 7 in March 2014, you will be able to upgrade to Jira 6 at any time, even after your licence expires. But you will not be able to upgrade to 7 unless you renew.
Then you need to keep the mainentance going. If you do let it lapse, you can talk to Atlassian about back-dating it - they're quite flexible about that, but if you let it lapse for too long, then yes, you'll need new licences rather than the half-cost of maintenance.
No, it's flat - you either pay the maintenance for support and upgrades, or you do not (you could contact Atlassian to find out if they'd change that for you specifically of course)
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