Atlassian today released HipChat Server, a communications platform that runs behind a corporate firewall.

The platform addresses the needs of companies in the financial services, government, healthcare and other sectors with stringent security requirements, said Bernardo de Albergaria, vice president and general manager of the collaboration group for Atlassian, a Sydney, Australia-based tech company founded in 2002. (Atlassian acquired San Francisco's HipChat in 2012).

More than Cloud 

Rather than running in the cloud, companies can have a delivery model they control with HipChat Server. 

"And unlike many on-premise offerings, there is full feature parity with the cloud version," de Albergaria said. "This opens the doors to one of the fastest growing enterprise software technologies in recent years for companies who have had to sit on the sidelines until now."

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Asked what HipChat brings to enterprise collaboration no one else does, de Albergaria said the platform pioneered the new generation of team communication platforms in 2009.

"Since then we've continued to push the market forward," said de Albergaria, a former Citrix executive who leads the new collaborations group. "We were the first to offer integrated video, audio and screen sharing and are the only platform to support native clients for Web, Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. We also have more integrations with the apps that teams use every day than anyone else. We know from talking to our customers that apps matter, and they matter a lot."

Allowing both a cloud-based and self-hosted service is critical, he said, for companies who wanted to participate in the future of how teams work "but would be handcuffed to legacy technologies in the absence of modern behind-the-firewall options."

HipChat Server plans start at $10 for up to 10 users per year. In other Atlassian news, the company plans to increase its total workforce by more than 500 employees worldwide this fiscal year ending June 30. It has about 1,100 employees now.