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Azure DevOps vs Azure DevOps Services

Let’s get right into it. Here’s a table of difference between Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Services.

Azure Devops vs Azure Devops services

FeatureAzure DevOpsAzure DevOps Services
PricingOn-premisesPay-as-you-go
DeploymentSelf-hostedHosted by Microsoft
FeaturesSame basic features, but some differences in reporting and customizationSame basic features, with the latest and greatest features always available
ScalabilityCan be scaled to meet the needs of any organizationScalable to meet the needs of any organization
SecurityData is stored in Azure and is protected by Microsoft’s security measuresData is stored in Azure and is protected by Microsoft’s security measures
SupportMicrosoft provides support for both Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps ServicesMicrosoft provides support for both Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Services
ReportingAzure DevOps Services does not support integration with SQL Server Analysis Services to support reporting. However, Azure DevOps Services does offer a number of other reporting options, including Azure Monitor and Power BI.Azure DevOps Server supports integration with SQL Server Analysis Services to support reporting. Azure DevOps Server also offers a number of other reporting options, including Azure Monitor and Power BI.
CustomizationAzure DevOps Server allows for more customization than Azure DevOps Services. This includes the ability to change the look and feel of the user interface, as well as the ability to add custom features. Azure DevOps Services does offer some customization options, but they are more limited than those available in Azure DevOps Server.Azure DevOps Services does not offer as much customization as Azure DevOps Server. However, Azure DevOps Services does offer a number of pre-built customizations that can be used to meet the needs of many organizations.
ComplianceAzure DevOps Server is compliant with a number of industry standards, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, and FedRAMP. Azure DevOps Services is also compliant with a number of industry standards.Azure DevOps Services is compliant with a wider range of industry standards than Azure DevOps Server. This makes Azure DevOps Services a good choice for organizations that need to comply with strict regulations.
IntegrationsAzure DevOps Server integrates with a number of third-party tools, including Jira, Slack, and Trello. Azure DevOps Services also integrates with a number of third-party tools.Azure DevOps Services integrates with a wider range of third-party tools than Azure DevOps Server. This makes Azure DevOps Services a good choice for organizations that need to integrate with a variety of tools.
CommunityAzure DevOps Server has a large and active community of users and contributors. Azure DevOps Services also has a large and active community of users and contributors.Azure DevOps Server has a larger and more active community than Azure DevOps Services. This makes Azure DevOps Server a good choice for organizations that need support from a large and active community.
  • Azure DevOps: Azure DevOps pricing is based on the number of users and features used. For example, the Basic plan costs $5 per user per month and includes access to basic features such as source control, build, and release management. The Premium plan costs $15 per user per month and includes access to advanced features such as test management, security, and DevOps Accelerators.
  • Azure DevOps Server: The cost of Azure DevOps Server varies depending on the number of users and features used, as well as the cost of the hardware and software required to run Azure DevOps Server. For example, the Standard Edition costs $1,200 per user per year and includes access to basic features such as source control, build, and release management. The Enterprise Edition costs $3,600 per user per year and includes access to advanced features such as test management, security, and DevOps Accelerators.

Here’s a feature-wise comparison:

FeatureAzure DevOpsAzure DevOps Server
Source controlSupports Git, Mercurial, and Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC)Supports Git and TFVC
BuildSupports continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD)Supports CI and CD
Release managementSupports planning, scheduling, and deploying releasesSupports planning, scheduling, and deploying releases
Test managementSupports unit testing, integration testing, and user acceptance testingSupports unit testing, integration testing, and user acceptance testing
SecuritySupports role-based access control (RBAC), data encryption, and audit loggingSupports RBAC, data encryption, and audit logging
DevOps AcceleratorsProvides a set of pre-configured tools and templates to help teams adopt DevOps practicesNot available
ReportingProvides a variety of reports to track the progress of your projectsProvides a variety of reports to track the progress of your projects
IntegrationsIntegrates with a wide range of third-party toolsIntegrates with a wide range of third-party tools
CommunityHas a large and active community of users and contributorsHas a large and active community of users and contributors

Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your specific needs and requirements. If you need a hosted solution with the latest and greatest features, then Azure DevOps may be a good option for you. If you need the flexibility of an on-premises solution and the ability to customize your environment, then Azure DevOps Server may be a better choice.

Here is a more detailed comparison of some of the key features:

  • Source control: Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server both support Git, Mercurial, and TFVC. However, Azure DevOps Server also supports the previous version of TFVC, which may be important for organizations that have been using TFVC for many years.
  • Build: Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server both support CI and CD. However, Azure DevOps Server offers more flexibility in terms of how builds are configured and executed.
  • Release management: Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server both support planning, scheduling, and deploying releases. However, Azure DevOps Server offers more flexibility in terms of how releases are managed.
  • Test management: Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server both support unit testing, integration testing, and user acceptance testing. However, Azure DevOps Server offers more flexibility in terms of how tests are configured and executed.
  • Security: Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server both offer a high level of security. However, Azure DevOps Server offers more flexibility in terms of how security is configured.
  • DevOps Accelerators: Azure DevOps Accelerators are a set of pre-configured tools and templates that can help teams adopt DevOps practices. Azure DevOps Accelerators are not available in Azure DevOps Server.
  • Reporting: Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server both provide a variety of reports to track the progress of your projects. However, Azure DevOps offers more flexibility in terms of how reports are configured and generated.
  • Integrations: Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server both integrate with a wide range of third-party tools. However, Azure DevOps offers more integrations than Azure DevOps Server.
  • Community: Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server both have a large and active community of users and contributors. However, Azure DevOps Server has a larger and more active community than Azure DevOps.
FeatureAzure DevOpsAzure DevOps Server
PricingPay-as-you-goOn-premises
CostVaries depending on the number of users and features usedVaries depending on the number of users and features used, as well as the cost of the hardware and software required to run Azure DevOps Server
DiscountsAvailable for eligible organizationsAvailable for eligible organizations
Free tierAvailable for up to 5 usersNot available

Ultimately, the cost of Azure DevOps or Azure DevOps Server will depend on your specific needs and requirements. If you have a small team and only need basic features, then Azure DevOps may be a good option for you. If you have a large team and need more advanced features, then Azure DevOps Server may be a better choice.

In addition to the base pricing, both Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server offer a number of discounts for eligible organizations. For example, Microsoft offers a discount for non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

Finally, both Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server offer a free tier for up to 5 users. The free tier includes access to basic features such as source control, build, and release management.

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