Confluence Data Center is Atlassian's Confluence deployment for clustered operations in data centers. It provides high availability, instantaneous scaling and performance while scaling with continuous performance monitoring. It meets the toughest company demands on business-critical applications. Atlassian has announced a new pricing system for Confluence Data Center.
The new pricing model
Until now, license fees for Confluence's Data Center version were calculated based on a simple model: $24,000 per year and 1,000 users.
This model in 1,000-user increments now applies only up to 5,000 users. Starting at 5,000 users, the price increments are now set in blocks of 5,000 users at $10,000 per block. The price ceiling is reached at 45,000+ accounts and $200,000 per year.
This lets Atlassian accommodate companies that begin to scale their Confluence use intensively. The details of the pricing table:
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Two simple examples show what has changed for customers. A customer with 10,000 Confluence users would have needed to invest $240,000 up until now. With the new pricing model, this investment in license fees is now only $130,000. A Data Center instance with 30,000 users would have had added $720,000 in expenses. With the new pricing model, the license fees total $170,000 USD for the same customer. That is really a significant concession for large instances.
The pricing for Jira Data Center and Stash Data Center remains unchanged.
Which target group is Confluence Data Center for?
Confluence Data Center is a high-end product that meets the highest demands on availability and performance. Companies with these high demands tend to use these systems very intensively. Intensity of use is more relevant than the total number of users when determining if Data Center is the right choice for a company.
2,000 power users who work very heavily with Confluence on a daily basis place more of a load on a Confluence instance than 50,000 occasional users. An IT company with several hundred developers who continuously document all processes and events in Confluence might need Data Center much more than a company with a large number of users who occasionally access a Confluence-based intranet to perform tasks like reading and writing comments or clicking the "Like" button.
This means a company with thousands of accounts might match the target group addressed by a Data Center deployment, but not necessarily so. On the other hand, it might well be the case that a Confluence instance is truly a key, actively-used tool for a small software company.
If you are uncertain and would like to learn more, we will gladly advise you personally.
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