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How is it between Redmine and Easy Redmine 2018?

Easy Redmine 2018 is a complete and extensible Redmine upgrade. It is 100% Redmine compatible. It brings new & mobile design and the most wanted features, such as Easy Gantt, Global Gantt, project templates, dashboards, graphs & chart, chat and much more to your Redmine. 

Easy Redmine works as a plugin for Redmine and is always compatible with the latest versions of Redmine. 

All the improvements of Easy Redmine 2018 are described here.


I am already a Redmine user. Why and how should I upgrade?

Easy Redmine 2018 improves the basic user experience. The new design makes it easier to use Redmine both on the desktop and mobile devices. Furthermore, it has all most wanted features that save time, improve team communication and make project management more enjoyable.

In addition to that, it is extensible and thus can support all business processes like Resource management, Agile development, Help Desk, Finance controlling and CRM. All these extensions are fully integrated together.

As a Redmine user, you can upgrade to Easy Redmine 2018 by installing Easy Redmine on your current Redmine installation.


Comparison of Easy Redmine 2018 with other PM apps?

Easy Redmine 2018 has all the features of the basic Redmine and many new plugins and improvements. Compared to other PM apps, Easy Redmine 2018 stands out with its on-premise installations (your server), Open Source licensing, extensibility and language localizations.

Most requested features are Resource Management, Easy Project Gantt and Global Gantt, WBS (visual mindmaps) and Help Desk

 Easy Redmine 2018
Easy Redmine
Clarizen
Clarizen
MS Project Server
MS Project Server
Jira
Jira
Basecamp
Basecamp
Redmine
Redmine
Open source
Collaborative
Issue tracking
Resource management
Finance Management
Customer Management
WBS - visual mind maps
Platform

Who is Easy Redmine designed for?

Easy Redmine is a tool for anyone who deals with Redmine and projects: portfolio & project managers, SCRUM masters, IT managers, senior managers & C-level managers, team leaders, freelancers, small and big business owners. It is here to simplify your work and ensure efficient project delivery. 


Is Easy Redmine compatible with other 3rd parties' Redmine plugins?

It depends on a particular plugin. However, our experience shows that it works with plugins compatible with the latest versions of Redmine. On the other hand, a full functionality with every third-party-released plugin cannot be guaranteed from our side.

A list of tested and compatible plugins can be found here

Note: We keep up-to-date with latest Redmine updates and releases.


Pricing and licenses

What kind of license does Easy Redmine have?

Easy Redmine is an Open Source software. It is licensed under GNU GPL 2 as stated here. By buying the software you obtain an installable package and the source code.


Server solution versus Cloud - how do these 2 work?

Server solution

The server solution is designed for your own server (you host the software). By purchasing this solution you obtain installable software + the source code.

The server solution includes 3 months of free updates. Updates are available for download in the client zone for which you obtain access after the purchase. Further updates are paid.

Cloud solution

The cloud solution is hosted on servers of Easy Software Ltd. in various locations. Easy Redmine Cloud has 10 geolocations right now and more are coming soon. Please check the map of Easy Redmine cloud here. By purchasing this solution you obtain the right to use the software in the cloud for a defined period of time.

The cloud solution includes software updates for the whole hosted period. 


Switch from Cloud to Server solution? Is it possible?

Yes, it is possible. If you decide to move to your own servers, we will prepare a complete software package with a database for you.

However, you would have to purchase the Server license for Easy Redmine, since the Cloud solution is just a service. 

It is the same with data from a Trial which you might like to keep after the purchase.


Technical info

Want to import your Redmine data into cloud Easy Redmine?

Before any migration can take place:

All third party plugins must be uninstalled AND unmigrated from your Redmine. Just removing the plugin folder and restarting Redmine is insufficient, because the data structure is still modified.
Also, you need to remove all your own modifications from Redmine for the data to be importable. Easy Redmine requires Redmine to be in standard unmodified form.

How to prepare data for Easy Redmine Cloud:

  1. MySQLdump of your Redmine
    1. Easy Redmine in cloud supports only mysql DB
    2. Whole DB and all fields has to be in UTF-8 coding page (utf8_general_ci)
    3. InnoDB engine (MyIsam is not supported)
    4. Command: $ mysqldump redmine --compact | gzip > redmine_dump.sql.gz
  2. Files
    1. We need to get folder files, and its data
    2. $ tar -czf redmine_files.tar.gz [redmine_root]/files

In other words:


Importing a database dump to Easy Redmine always completely replaces the previous data on that site, therefore it is not possible to import the data again and keeping the "old"/"common" data on the site. In other words, once you imported the data in Easy Redmine, do not use both sites on production simultaniously, if you intend to make another import.

Old Redmine versions (lower than 3.x) need to be upgraded to Redmine 3.4.2. In general, older versions require additional steps which need to be consulted with support and may incur additional costs for migration services.


I already have Easy Redmine installed. How do I check which version it is?

Version of Easy Redmine can be checked on a special page, which must be entered manually into the navigation bar (/admin/info). Scroll to the very bottom of the page, where you will find the number of your exact version.

easy redmine version 2016

To explain the numbers:

  • 2016 - Generation (major version). By standard, you will notice it by overall change of the GUI and CSS.
    Examples of login pages from different generations:
    easy redmine 2014 login page   easy redmine 2016 login page
  • First number - minor version. Contains added features in comparison to previous version.
  • Second number - bug fixing release (patch) within the minor version. It doesn't bring any new feautures, just fixes or optimizes the existing version.

What are the parameters of the Server solution?

By purchasing Server solution of Easy Redmine you obtain an installable package of the software with the open source code.

License:

 

  • the software is licensed under GNU GPL 2 license
  • images, cascading style sheets, and included JavaScript are NOT GPL, and are released under the Easy Redmine Commercial Use License

Technical delivery:

 

  • installable software package
  • VMware image

Platforms:

 

  • it is platform independent - runs on Linux, Unix, Windows - via Virtualbox or VMWare player, OS X servers

Updates:

 

  • 3 months of free updates included

 


Hardware and software requirements for the Server solution?

The following are the minimum requirement for smooth operation of Easy Redmine with 25 concurrent users. For more users, please check the article Environment configuration for large implementations.

Hardware

Processor: Intel Xeon E5440 @ 2.83GHz
Memory: 4 GB
Disc space: 20 GB (3 GB for database files + enough GB for shared documents, individual)
Network card required

Software (server)

Easy Redmine works on UNIX and Linux platforms (we recommend Debian distribution).

Easy Redmine does NOT run on Microsoft SQL Server.
It is also possible to provide a complete virtual machine - VMWare, so you don't need to worry about this configuration at all.

More detailed information is in installation instructions.

Software (client)

Other browsers were not tested extensively, but they are likely to work just as well as the above-mentioned ones.

Internet connection

The connection from the user to the server where Easy Redmine is located must be at least 10 Mbit. You need to take into account the whole route from the user to the server, so with geographically distant locations, the response of the server may take a longer time, regardless of the user's declared internet connection from their provider. The bandwidth of the server is also a factor, of course.


Hardware and software requirements for larger implementations?

This table is a simplified summary of higher usage levels of Easy Redmine server solution. For smaller implementations with more detailed description, please check article Hardware and software requirements for the Server solution.

Users CPU cores
RAM HDD DB
50 8 12GB 40GB MySQL
100 12 32GB 60GB MySQL
200 24 64GB 100GB MySQL
500 48 128GB 150GB MySQL

 

Values in the table are not strictly given and the whole configuration depends on the extent and significance of the use of Easy Redmine in the company. As well as on frequency of user access and requests sent to the server.

If you are considering using Easy Redmine as your main information system for a large number of users, we recommend deploying a High-Availability cluster to make sure the system will always be running. In general, for more than 100 users it may be better to consult your precise needs with our experts. We would be happy to discuss with you all the significant configuration matters.

A scheme of the most basic HA cluster is available here.


Updates for Server solution?

Updates are available for free for 3 months after the purchase. You can download them in the Client Zone where you obtain the access.

After 3 months of "free upgrades period", you may purchase updates at an additional cost.


Can I upgrade a currently running application?

No.

Do not upgrade a currently running application. Before starting any upgrade inform your users about maintenance time and shutdown application server.

– Upgrade of live application may cause data loss - stop application server before you do an upgrade.

– We recommend for you to do your upgrade by an authorized person (linux administrator, server specialist, someone who knows what he is doing).


Parameters of the Cloud solution?

Cloud solution properties:

  • Software updates - your Easy Redmine is always up to date
  • Daily backups, storing 14 backups back, 
  • SSL protection
  • 99,9% availability
  • 1-hour recovery guarantee in case of failure

Map of hosting centers

Redmine Global Cloud map


How to go from a trial to a paid solution?

If you want to keep the settings and data from your trial version, just buy the solution you want and let us know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about your needs. Your Trial instance will be either backed up (Server solution) and delivered for installation or seamlessly moved to the client server (Cloud solution).


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