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.
One of the challenges we had around licensing was how to deal with anonymous requests. According to the letter of the contract, an anonymous request consumes a license. We had to do some work to get over the fact that any anonymous interactions with the Repository product had to be put back to an end-user account. We discovered this by chance when we were going through the whole licensing situation last year. We have plugged those anonymous gaps now, so we're okay. Going back to the scalability, when we had anonymous connections in there, we probably were running at about 5,000 and there were no issues. I don't know whether we get a great deal or a bad deal compared to other companies. I've not done my research on that. But in terms of the price point that we're charged, I know the people who actually sign the checks for this and they're happy to pay — if anybody's ever happy to pay for anything at that particular level. So the pricing is fine. If you run it through your own infrastructure that's the only additional cost. If they could do a software-as-a-service product, we'd probably take it, if it was something that could scale and integrate into our pipeline. We're certainly having a really good conversation with people at GitLab right now around that very thing, around software as a service, rather than having to build our own platforms and the whole management around that. We're cloud-first as a business organization, so if there was something that they could do better, it would be to provide that SaaS-based solution. I don't know if it's available in other countries, but it's certainly not available in the UK.
Nexus Repository Manager Pro is quite affordable because it's about €100, per user, per year. Purchasing licenses was not really a big issue for us. Regarding Nexus IQ, it's much more expensive. We purchased 250 licenses and they cost us about €120,000. We may increase the number of licenses, but we have to be careful about the number of licenses we are going to purchase because they are quite expensive.
One thing about this tool that I found difficult is that it's quite expensive. They are charging around $110 or $120 per user, per year. It's quite expensive in comparison to the other tools available in the market, not just for these requirements but for other requirements as well. Those tools are very extensively used but they are charging much less compared to Nexus. And there are a couple of more tools that Sonatype has that are even more costly when compared to Sonatype Nexus. Those should be available by default in the tool or available at a much cheaper cost if we're already using one of their tools.
It seems like a fair price, based on other software solutions I've purchased.
In my opinion, the pricing is very fair and very customer-oriented. It's much better than any other tool I have used so far.
We are quite lucky because the founder of Sonatype visited us in 2008 and granted a permanent free license to us as an organization, because it's a laboratory that does a lot of research, and it's in the public domain. He felt it was a good gesture that they could extend to us. I can't comment on the pricing.