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Differences administering Bitbucket Data Center and Cloud

This page outlines the differences you can expect as a Bitbucket Data Center or Server administrator when moving to Bitbucket Cloud. Some of the capabilities listed below apply to more than one product.

Administrator roles


System administrator permissions

Works differently in Cloud.

What’s different

In Bitbucket Data Center and Server, you could grant System administrator permission. In Cloud, there is a workspace administrator role that has the highest level of permissions for a workspace, plus extra user management and workspace admin rights, such as managing billing details.

How it works in Cloud

Create and manage workspaces in Bitbucket Cloud

Who it affects

Organization admin, Product admin
Confluence


General administration


Backups

Works differently in Cloud.

What’s different

Backups are managed for you in Cloud. These backups are for disaster recovery purposes, and can’t be used to restore repositories that have been deleted by a user.

How it works in Cloud

Does Bitbucket backup my repositories?

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


External user directories

Works differently in Cloud, and may require an additional subscription.

What’s different

You can't use another Cloud, Data Center, or Server instance for user management, or directly connect to an external user directory. With an Enterprise plan or Atlassian Access subscription you can connect to an Identity Provider for single sign-on.

How it works in Cloud

N/A

Who it affects

Organization admin, Product admin
Bitbucket


Single sign-on

Available in Cloud, but may require an additional subscription.

What’s different

Single sign-on is available but requires an Enterprise plan or Atlassian Access. The process of connecting your Identity Provider (IdP) will be similar to the process you followed in Data Center.

How it works in Cloud

Configure single sign-on for your organization’s users

Who it affects

Organization admin
Bitbucket, Confluence, Jira Software, Jira Service Management


Upgrades

Not necessary in Cloud.

What’s different

We perform all required maintenance and upgrades for you, there's no need to perform manual upgrades.

How it works in Cloud

Keep track of maintenance windows

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


Project and repository administration


Project-level permissions

Works differently in Cloud.

What’s different

In Bitbucket Data Center and Server, you can group repositories into projects and manage permissions for them in an aggregated way. In Cloud, you can group repositories into projects, but you currently can’t apply project-level permissions.

How it works in Cloud

Add repositories to a project

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


Repository naming

Works differently in Cloud.

What’s different

In Bitbucket Cloud, every repository within a workspace or a project must have a unique name, unlike Bitbucket Data Center and Server where repositories in two different projects can have the same name.

How it works in Cloud

Grant repository access to users and groups

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


File size limits

Works differently in Cloud.

What’s different

In Bitbucket Data Center or Server, you could change the default 10 MB upload limit. You can’t configure this limit in Bitbucket Cloud. Git Large File Storage (LFS) is available in Cloud, and there’s no limit on the LFS file size you can push, but LFS storage limits will apply, and vary depending on your plan.

How it works in Cloud

Storage policy for Git LFS with Bitbucket

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


Security and compliance


IP allowlisting

Available in Cloud, on selected plans.

What’s different

With a Bitbucket Cloud Premium plan, you can enforce security settings on individual accounts. You can require that users with access to private repositories or other private content are only able to see content, or clone, push, or pull a private repository from certain IP addresses.

How it works in Cloud

Control access to your private content

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


Require two-step verification (2FA)

Available in Cloud, on selected plans.

What’s different

Two-step verification (also known as 2FA) is available with any Bitbucket Cloud plan to ensure user logins and connections are secure. With a Premium plan, you can require two-step verification for private repositories, which means users will need to have 2FA enabled in order to interact (view, push, clone, etc) with private content.

How it works in Cloud

Control access to private content in a workspace

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


Workflow management


Enforce merge checks

Available in Cloud, on selected plans.

What’s different

Merge checks on your pull requests are available with any Bitbucket Cloud plan. With a Premium plan, you can enforce merge checks so that all the checks must pass before the pull request can be merged.

How it works in Cloud

Suggest or require checks before a merge

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


Webhooks

Works differently in Cloud.

What’s different

Webhooks are available in Bitbucket Cloud, but username endpoints and username fields are not returned for user privacy reasons. Instead, events return an account ID.

How it works in Cloud

Manage webhooks

Who it affects

Product admin
Bitbucket


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