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Microsoft Azure DevOps: what is your experience regarding pricing and costs ?


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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3535 Answers

Derek Smith - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I don't deal with licensing. I can't speak to how much the solution costs.

reviewer1827075 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The reason that customers are going to the cloud is that it provides the ability to reduce the license cost. For example, when purchasing Office 365 it is bundled with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and many other applications. In the past, purchasing a license was approximately $600. Today it's only $35 or $45 per customer, per client, or per user, plus the storage. It's less expensive for companies today, to use something, such as Microsoft Azure DevOps, and provide the software to all the employees needing a license. It's better to go with the cloud than just to buy the licenses by themselves. There are some additional costs. You pay for how much space you are using. If you don't use too much space, then the price will be very little. If you use a lot of space, you have to pay for it. Additionally, they offer readiness training. It is not included directly in what is called a statement of work when you are doing business with customers. This is when things can be a little more difficult because it can be expensive for customers if they want to change deployments from on-premises to cloud or hybrid.

Carole Pepe - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

It is very expensive in comparison to others. As the cost structure is per user, I would recommend paying the cost structure based on the amount of data you use rather than the number of users.

AndreasSemousu - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

The cost of Azure DevOps is manageable. You have the option to purchase a license that is per user. You can choose based on the size of your team. For example, you can opt for a volume enterprise license or go for user-based licensing if you don't have a huge number of users. You can start with a smaller package and then scale up as needed. Let's say, for instance, you are a smaller company with about only 10 users of the environment. Then, two months later, you win the Powerball, and you get a billion dollars and bring in a thousand developers. You have the flexibility to move from a small-team subscription to a big subscription easily. So you don't necessarily have to take the volume. The licensing model covers all three tiers, whereby you can have a volume license, individual users, or groups. We are using groups, and we've found it affordable because you cancel their license if someone leaves. When we get a new person, we repurchase the license. We pay a monthly subscription, but the annual licenses are cheaper because of the commitment.

MarcinNowak - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price of the solution is expensive.

reviewer1200318 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Licensing costs are very reasonable compared to other solutions. It's a good price.

WilsonJose - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I don't know the pricing of DevOps. It would be much cheaper than ALM because ALM came out as a software product initially. Now they are moving into a cloud and subscription model. In that case, Microsoft is coming from Azure and the cloud and DevOps and software as a service, so it would be much cheaper, but the catch would be that they are trying to get money on all sides, like an operating system, Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Azure DevOps. The good part is that it's a complete package, but at the same time, once you've gone with them, you don't have much leverage to split out into some other activities because everything is interconnected and entwined by that time, and it would be like a monopoly. It won't be good if you try to split out at a later point in time because everything is connected—all our Microsoft products like operating systems, OfficeSuite, MS Teams, Azure DevOps, etc.

TyroneMoodley - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I can’t speak to the exact pricing. It’s not an aspect of the product I deal with.

reviewer1655673 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

There are additional costs for some functionality, such as increased scalability.

reviewer1688595 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We're not paying a lot for this product. As developers, we have a Visual Studio license which is basically free. That's how their licensing model works. Then we have a number of stakeholders who need to do edits in the system, but not work with code necessarily. I believe they're paying $5 a month per user. We also have users who only need to read things and don't need code so I set that up for everyone who needs it. We're probably paying a few hundred dollars per month altogether. That's a minor cost for us; we're not currently hosting anything on cloud, so it's a small cost compared to hosting a solution. We ran into a few things where we had to pay more because of the number of concurrent building agents. We had capped it low and the developer was unhappy so we paid a little more to get what we needed and that's been good. I don't like it when you get a big bill and you don't know about it.

Wesley De John - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Its pricing is reasonable for the number of features that you get and the functionality that you can utilize for the agile delivery, which is what we are using it for. I found it extremely cost-effective.

reviewer1485480 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

It would be nice if the licensing was a bit cheaper. Our IT team looks after that aspect. I don't deal with tasks such as licensing and payments directly.

reviewer1595568 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We purchase the solution on an annual basis.

reviewer1374663 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Licensing cost per user is approximately $11 to $15. We have about 400 users, but not all are active. We have around 200 to 300 active users.

reviewer1577235 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

There is a license for this solution.

reviewer1363911 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I don't have a problem with the pricing.

Thomas Clay - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I don't know what we pay, but I do know what I've seen online. If we switched to JIRA, we will basically have to double our costs because we still have to pay for the DevOps licensing. We're probably spending $100 a month on it. It has only standard licensing fees.

Hussain Sorosh - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The main agile features are very expensive.

AsifSharif - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price is reasonable, but of course, you can find others that are cheaper such as Atlassian. But, if you look at the more serious products like Polarion, it's very competitive. If you have good Microsoft programs, it's nearly free.

Anthony Gregg - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardMSP

This area is very different for each and every organization and I would recommend that they research cost and pricing for their situation.

reviewer1282677 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

As a Microsoft Partner, you get a discount on the pricing. Licensing costs are around $80 a month for DevOps, but for Azure, it is about $200 a month.

reviewer1490121 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Price is an area that could be improved. There are products on the market with a fixed price of 50 or 100 people, you are a bucket price. With Azure, you have to pay for every user. It's good to have a bucket such as 50 to 100, or 100 to 200, and flexible pricing. The issue may be from having more than one license. When you procure one license or two licenses, it becomes difficult. It should be easier to procure a license, it should not be one by one. We don't know how many members I will have on my team three months from now.

reviewer1261071 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price of this solution is fair.

Shadab Pagadi - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Consultant

It is a subscription model and I only pay for what I use.

Rodrigo Bassani - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Reseller

We have 100 users and the cost is $11 per user. There's an additional cost if you want to use the integrated test plan. You have the option to just change your license and you can use the automated test integrator.

reviewer1411698 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Microsoft Azure DevOps is free for up to five users and allows you to track a maximum of three projects.

KulbhushanMayer - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I find that the pricing is good, and it is competitive with the other vendors in the market.

Aurelio Palmer - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We don't have any complaints about the pricing.

Hamid Nia - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

The cost can get pretty high if you aren't paying attention to what you are doing.

DemisewAbera - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I am not comfortable sharing the details of cost because there may be different pricing schemes, but compared to AWS, Azure is less expensive. So in the pricing in this class of services, Azure is good. It can work well for small to medium enterprises. But this solution is may not be good for those who are not enterprise-level users. Small cloud computing providers have better pricing than the bigger cloud computing providers like AWS and Microsoft Azure and may be a better choice for non-enterprise use. Still, Azure is priced better than AWS. Price may not be the only thing to consider.

reviewer1397901 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price is cheaper than Jira and some of the other competing tools.

reviewer1357245 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I'm not sure about the pricing. It's not an aspect of the solution I currently deal with.

ITSysManageri867986 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

There is a licensing fee of $6/user per month. That's not too much money for us. There aren't really any additional costs beyond that.

IrvingGreen - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Check out the pricing information from Azure Cost and analysis information.

Murat Gurkas - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It is easy to use if you are already familiar with Microsoft products.

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