Magento 2 Enterprise vs Community ultimate comparison

When I prepared to Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialist exam, significant part of the questions were related with the differences between version 2.X Magento Enterprise (now being rebranded as “Magento Cloud“) and Magento Community (rebranded as “Magento Open Source“).

While there are articles and blog posts around comparing Magento 2 editions, I have found that most of them do not include all the differences and sometimes even provide incorrect information. A bit surprising that Magento Inc. itself hasn’t bothered to make a comparison list to stress the extra value that Enterprise/Cloud provides over Community/Open Source. So I spent fair bit of time and prepared full list of Magento Enterprise Edition only features. The goal was to produce full, but concise document, kind of a cheat sheet and the result is below.

Magento 2 Enterprise only features
#FeatureCategoryCommentReference
1Database SplitPerformance & Scalability3 separate master databases for product, order management, and checkout, not supported in MECEhttp://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/config-guide/multi-master/multi-master.html
2RabbitMQ messaging system (Message Queues)Performance & ScalabilityUse of open-source RabbitMQ messaging systemhttp://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.1/install-gde/prereq/install-rabbitmq.html
3Support utilitiesOperationsSet of utilities to make EE support easierhttp://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/config-guide/cli/config-cli-subcommands-spt-util.html
4Advanced Search (Solr or Elastic Search)Shopper UXAdvanced site search – Solr (2.0) or Elastic (2.1)http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.1/config-guide/elasticsearch/es-overview.html
5Store CreditsMarketingCredits on account of customershttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/sales/credit-configure.html
6Gift CardsMarketingSupport of Gift Cardshttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/catalog/product-gift-card.html
7Gift MessageShopper UXSupport of Gift Messagehttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/sales/gift-options.html?Highlight=Gift%20Message
8Private Sales and EventsMarketinghttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/marketing/events-private-sales.html
9Rewards & LoyaltyMarketingLoyalty programhttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/marketing/rewards-loyalty.html
10Visual MerchandiserSite managementAdvanced products sortinghttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/configuration/catalog/visual-merchandiser.html
11Advanced CMSSite managementContent hierarchy, staging, campaignshttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/content.html
12Customer segmentsMarketingCan be used to deliver content, promotions, priceshttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/marketing/customer-segments.html
13Automated product relationship rulesSite managementCross-sells, Up-sells, Relatedhttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/marketing/product-related-rules.html
14Custom customer attributesMarketingAbility to create custom customer attributeshttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/stores/attributes-customer.html
15Extended Administrator Roles and PrivilegesSite managementLike restrict admin user per websitehttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/system/permissions.html
16Advanced B2B functionalityB2BFrom version 2.2
17Returned Merchandise Authorisation (RMA)Operationshttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/sales/returns.html
18Google Tag manager SupportMarketingSupport of GTMhttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/marketing/google-tag-manager.html
19Vendor supportOperationsOfficial 24/7 support from Magento Inc.
20Product Category Permissions – by Customer Group/WebsiteMarketingShow product categories by customer group and websitehttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/catalog/category-permissions.html
21Order by SKUShopper UXAllows customers to add products by SKU (good for B2B)http://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/sales/order-by-sku.html
22Multiple wishlistsShopper UXhttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/marketing/wishlist-update.html
23Rule-based Email RemindersMarketingCan be used for adandoned shopping cart recoveryhttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/marketing/email-reminder-rules-create.html
24ArchivesPerformance & ScalabilityPossibility to achive orders, invoices, shipment, credit memos to improve performancehttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/sales/order-archive.html
25Cybersource, eWAY, Worldpay supportPaymentOut of the box support of these payment methodshttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/payment/gateways.html
26Bluefoot (2.2)Site managementAdvanced CMS editor
27BannersMarketingBuilt in banner management systemhttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/cms/banners.html
28Gift RegistriesShopper UXAbility to create and share list of gifts for special occasionhttp://docs.magento.com/m2/ee/user_guide/marketing/gift-registries.html

For most lines I have added a category and a reference to Magento 2 official documentation where you can go to check for more details.

This table is also available on Google Docs.

While I did my best to list all the features, if you know any Magento Enterprise Edition feature missed – your comment to this post will be much appreciated.

 

Get fresh eCommerce insights weekly

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required


No, I don't need insights. Just close this pop-up

Consider changing your eCommerce platform?

Learn how to avoid nine deadly mistakes that can ruin your business.

Get free whitepaper from Magenable

Get whitepaper

Get free whitepaper!