On-premise Jira alternatives for Atlassian server users
November 18, 2020

On-Premise Jira Software for Atlassian Server Users

Back to top

Changes to Atlassian Server Products

Starting February 2, 2021, Atlassian will stop selling new server licenses for many of their products, including Jira Software. At the same time, they will increase the price for the remaining on-premise alternative, Data Center — for which the smallest order will correspond to ordering 500 users.

Though Atlassian will not add any new features, they will continue to provide bug fixes and support for these products for a while longer. But on February 2, 2024, Atlassian will end support for all server products.


Back to top

What Does that Mean for Existing On-Premise Jira Customers?

While Atlassian is investing in its cloud services to provide feature upgrades, that doesn’t mean everyone can — or wants to — move to the cloud. If we look beyond those that are unable to use a cloud-based solution for regulatory reasons, there are also limitations on — for example — data locality and the number of users you can have on a single instance that would affect the performance.

For such users, Atlassian is going to continue (at least for now) to offer a Data Center service that can be deployed on-premise.

Data Center Service

If you are considering a switch from an Atlassian server product to Data Center, the most critical points to know are:

  • Important new functionality, like Jira’s Next-Gen Projects, will not be available.
  • You need to order minimum 500 users. This will also affect the cost for many of the plugins you will need to use as well.
  • It is more expensive than the server product.
  • It is more complicated to maintain as it consists of nodes behind a load balancer rather than a single server instance.
  • Atlassian has a clear intent to move all their customers to the cloud in the longer term.

For those who need comparable on-premise products like BitBucket, check out all of Perforce’s solutions. For those specifically looking to replace Jira, Helix Plan (formerly Hansoft) or Helix ALM may be the perfect fit.


Back to top

Helix Plan — Agile Planning for Teams of All Sizes

Helix Plan delivers powerful planning functionality in one lightweight solution that is easily deployed on-premise. Use Scrum, Gantt, and Kanban — individually or combined— and align all the teams with the market’s most powerful backlog system. Helix Plan also makes issues and bug tracking easy and is renowned for its impressive performance.

It is chosen instead of Jira at some of the most demanding game development studios in the world that needs to look beyond a basic issue tracker. But it is also trusted by enterprises looking for an agile management tool, such as Schneider Electric.

Watch the Helix Plan Demo >>

Jira Migration to Helix Plan

Migrating from Jira to Helix Plan can be done in two ways. One is to use a readymade synch where you can automatically move over all workflows, attachments and data fields related to issues from Jira Server. Another approach is to export the items from Jira and then import them again into Helix Plan.

While Helix Plan is great for small teams, it also handles massive scale — proven at over 10,000 users. It has the speed and flexibility to bring any team from plan to perfect.

Explore all of Helix Plan's Features >>

Helix Plan is even free for small teams.

Start Planning With Helix Plan


Back to top

Helix ALM — Simplify Compliance & Complex Development

If you're looking for Jira ticketing in a system that also does requirements and tests, look at Helix ALM. The suite provides requirements, tests, and issues management in one platform. Helix ALM’s Issue Management makes bug and issues tracking easy.

Requirements and test case management round out Helix ALM’s capabilities for one robust development tool. It automatically traces among requirements, tests, and issues, which is especially valuable to those in regulated industries.  End-to-end traceability lets you do proactive impact analysis — so you can see the impacts of changes before they occur. And it makes proving compliance very easy and cost-effective.

With features like a Scrum template and other Agile resources, Helix ALM does a great job supporting hybrid, scalable Agile methodologies for medium to large-sized companies with complex development. Its configurable workflow fits the way your teams already work, whether it’s lightweight status tracking or audit-ready SOP fulfillment.

Watch the Helix ALM Demo >>

Jira Migration to Helix ALM

The move from Jira to Helix ALM is very easy. It’s a simple, user-friendly export and import process to move your current data across.


For anyone who needs issues tracking, but also needs to trace from requirements and validate testing for multiple teams, Perforce recommends Helix ALM. Named and floating licenses are both available.

Compare Jira vs Helix ALM >>

Grab the product brief >>

Try Helix ALM free for 30 days.

Simplify Development with Helix ALM

Back to top