Jira Cloud VS Jira Server

Hey, it’s Michael, in this short tutorial I will show you how to start with Jira Hosting and how to get Jira cloud for FREE. I will also explain to you why the Jira Server is still my personal best chose. Mainly because of plugins and the interface. 

I will also show you differences regarding the interface. Let me know in comments what is do you think and what Jira are you currently using.

Choosing the right Jira Hosting is very important. You need to decide if Jira Cloud provided by Atlassian will be good for your business. But what if you change your mind? Is it possible to move from Cloud to Server? 

The answer is yes, almost all the time. However, in some cases, when your Cloud instance is large, it can be not very easy. 

Let’s talk about a few advantages regarding Jira Cloud

  • Super simple Deployment (just a few clicks and your Jira Cloud is ready to go)
  • No future updates! Yes, you don’t have to think about any updates what so ever. It can save you a lot of time and frustration
  • Jira Cloud is FAST! You don’t need to think about server spec or lack of RAM. Yur Jira Cloud should always be very fast
  • Security! Atlassian products have a good reputation regarding security updates, but you should always use random passwords, especially for admins. Sometimes it can be a disadvantage as it’s not possible to add any firewall app on your Cloud instance.

Few downsides of Jira Cloud

  • The interface – personally I still don’t like, and to me, Jira server is way better regarding UX
  • Lack of plugins functionality – Unfortunately, my favourite plugin, which Script Runner is minimal on the cloud. That’s why to me it’s a big deal and often can be a limitation
  • Lack of Staging environment – unfortunately Jira cloud don’t offer staging environment for your primary Jira license, which can be problematic if you are planning to test your setup. Of course, you can always have 10$ small test instance just for test and other development purposes.
  • It’s is not possible to fully protect your Jira instance. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to add an extra protection layer like VPN or Firewall to your Cloud instance. That’s why make sure you are using F2A and strong random admin passwords. 

So now let’s talk about Jira Server advantages

  • Well designed interface. 
  • 100% protected instance behind a firewall or VPN. Weel, it’s can be hacked, but you remove public exposure so only trusted VPN client can connect to your Server. 
  • Plugins – You don’t have a problem with a plugin because the developer decided to limit 95% of functionality over a night. 
  • No more user limits. Of course, you need a license and maybe a better server spec, but you don’t need to worry about 2000 user limit anymore. 

Of course, they will be a few disadvantages of Jira Server too

  • Upgrades – This can be the biggest issue for the self-hosted version. Often Jira admin never updates Jira server and let’s left in the same version for many years. I’m 100% sure we still will be able to find a lot of Jira 6 working on the production environment. 
  • Outdated plugins – Same problem with plugins often admins are not updating any plguins
  • Installation – the Installation process is relatively simple, but again with any knowledge, this step can be difficutl. 

The conclusion.

Jira Cloud is a fantastic option. Also, you can get absolutely free instance for ten users which is even better. However, my personal chose is Jira server because of consistency regarding interface and pklugins. Also, you have way much better control under your Jira instance. 

Let me know what you do, you think and what is your expirience. 


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