An active subscription provides you with certain guarantees that your organization will continue to extract value from Kiwi TCMS and is your buy-in into the open source world. We recommend that customers purchase a subscription for every container running Kiwi TCMS however this becomes distorted for teams who don't actively seek support and large organizations! Here are our guidelines.
Phase of deployment
Casual exploration: No subscription required. Use https://public.tenant.kiwitcms.org to explore Kiwi TCMS and formulate your questions and further plan of action.
Serious evaluation or Proof of concept: 1x Private Tenant SaaS or 1x Enterprise. You will have lots of questions during this period and you will need answers in a timely manner. You can cancel at any time!
Pilot: 2-3x Private Tenant SaaS or 1x Enterprise during the pilot period. Consider add-on services if you need data migration or custom development for a successful pilot. Plan your future needs and issues you'd like to see fixed.
Production: make your decision according to the size of your test team and anticipated support needs, see below.
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Number of testers
<= 25: 1x Private Tenant SaaS
25-100: 2-5x Private Tenant SaaS; consider splitting teams and purchase a subscription for each of them
100 - 200: 1x Enterprise; consider additional subscriptions of any kind for non-production instances
200 - 500 - 2-3x Enterprise; consider additional subscriptions of any kind for non-production instances
500 - 1000: - 5x Enterprise; consider additional Enterprise subscriptions for non-production instances
Over 1000: 10x Enterprise; consider add-on services for custom development
Note that these are not hard rules as we don't restrict the number of accounts registered into a specific instance nor how many containers you deploy!
Note that you can still deploy Kiwi TCMS with a 1x subscription inside organization with thousands of testers. Or even no subscription at all. Do you really value your testing infrastructure that low though?
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