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Comparison between Azure DevOps Services (VSTS) and Azure DevOps Server (TFS)


In this blog we will list down the basic differences between Azure DevOps Sever earlier called as Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Azure DevOps Services earlier called as Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). The comparison will be done based on many parameters like usage, availability, scalability, feature releases etc.


Azure DevOps Services

Azure DevOps Server (TFS)


SaaS Offering: no overhead of commissioning the servers and maintenance

Subscribe and start using the services

Server: Commissioning of Azure DevOps Server, and overhead of regular maintenance

Data Location

Supported Azure Data centers

In your choice of Data Center, on-prem, cloud


No. Microsoft will be continuously upgrading to newer versions (features)

Upgrade/Migration required to use new version of TFS

Back-up or DR:

Handled by Microsoft

Setup back-up and DR plan and regularly validate the data by restoring to stand-by sever

Scalability (Up/Down)

Infra handled by Microsoft

license on monthly basis

Infra Planning Required

license on monthly basis, traditional CALs

Project/Team Structure

1 Organization (Collection) and multiple Projects & Teams

Multiple Collections and multiple Projects & Teams in the collection

New Feature timeline/ Releases

Frequent Updates (3-4 weeks)

Automatically Upgraded

Periodic Updates (~3 or 4 months)

Planning Required


Limited to Dashboards

Both Dashboards and SSRS based on reports

Custom Process Templates & WIT Customization

Not everything available compared to TFS



Subscription plans, MSDN

TFS Server License, TFS user CAL, MSDN

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