When you are considering the installation of Jira one of the first decisions you will be faced with is choosing Jira Cloud or choosing Jira Server.

The largest con of working with Jira Cloud is you will be faced with certain Admin restrictions, for example at our company we were unable to sync our project with another remote instance using some popular add-ons as they were not compatible with our Jira Cloud instance. Connectors for Google drive integration were also not available for our cloud installation.

Another con of working with Jira cloud would be that you can not access databases directly. JIra’s API is fairly robust however it does not expose 100% of all the functions you may need if you plan on doing deep application integration with Jira. For example as the time of writing this article there was no way to copy an existing agile board via the API if you wanted to stand up a new board using a previous board’s settings.

If you need to sync multiple Jira installations, have large disk space requirements, or need more robust options for customization than what is offered out of the box with Jira cloud than you may want to give Jira Server a look. Please bear in mind that Jira Server caps it’s users at 2,000.  Which is more than enough for the vast majority of use cases.

You may also work for an organization with sensitive data where you may not choose to use a SaaS business to host your data for you. It is often even corporate policty that such information not be exposed beyond the internal networks.

Despite all of the potential downsides there are still massive benefits for cloud based solutions. The pros of Jira Cloud are the fairly universal selling points of all cloud based solutions. The 3 key benefits to Jira Cloud are

  • No infrastructure requirements - Standing up a cloud based solution requires no capital expenditure.  You do not have to deploy virtual machines or servers to get up and running. Also you do not have the expense or hassle of maintaining these servers.  

  • Affordable, especially for small business - Prices start at $10 a month

  • Automatic software updates - One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the servers is they are maintained for you getting regular updates to both the software and the servers, including security updates. You don’t have to waste time maintaining these servers leaving your team more time to focus on things that matter.

We are a Pittsburgh based software development company and our team of Jira experts can work with your company to

  • Implement your development workflow into Jira
  • Integrate Jira into your applications using Jira’s robust API