May 11, 2016

GitHub’s Price Hike – A Perfect Time to Migrate to BitBucket

GitHub has announced a new pricing structure today. Instead of charging by the number of private repositories, they'll start charging by the number of users. They're making it sound like a huge win for their customers, but at Cleanshelf we've immediately recognized it for what it really is - a price hike. Since we track business subscriptions of many companies, we have unique insight into what new GitHub pricing structure mean for actual users. Here's an example.

A startup with 76 GitHub users was up to now paying $450/mo (Diamond plan for up 300 private repositories). With the new pricing structure they would be paying $684/mo ($9/user/month). That's 50% price hike and additional cost to the company's bottom line of $2,808 per year.

And here's a chart to quickly check what the change means for you.

We've checked the implication of this change for our customers and we saw 50% or bigger price hike across the board. That's why we issued a recommendation to our customers not to upgrade to the new GitHub pricing structure.

Unfortunately, GitHub will be mandating the change in 12 months, thus forcing 50+% price hike on GitHub costs of our customers. To avoid this excessive cost we have issued an additional recommendation to our customers to migrate their code repository to BitBucket which charges 89% less than GitHub ($1/user/month). Fortunately, migration from GitHub to BitBucket is not that hard and both services are very similar in features and operation.

It seems the time has come for unicorns to justify their hefty valuations. If you don't want to become the one who foots the bill, get started with Cleanshelf and let us help control usage and optimize costs of online services.

About Cleanshelf

Cleanshelf is the leading SaaS spend optimization solution focused exclusively on tracking, controlling, and benchmarking subscription SaaS applications. Cleanshelf’s cloud technologies help companies save up to 30% on their SaaS spending by automatically identifying unused, underused, or unmanaged licenses and subscriptions.

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cleanshelf serves dozens of clients, including Drawbridge, Revinate, Dynamic Signal, Qumulo, and Service Rocket.


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