Ever since last October, the tech community has been abuzz regarding Atlassian's decision to retire their 18-year-old Server platform. And while in many ways, October feels like a lifetime ago (thanks, 2020...), we also can't believe that the date Atlassian will stop selling new Server licenses is right around the corner. As a reminder, this will happen on February 2, 2021, so mark your calendars accordingly.
The reason behind this strategic decision is so Atlassian can focus more extensively on their cloud platform...a move that, for the most part, has been well received. While we believe that Data Center is still an excellent option for many organizations, we also support Atlassian's notion that Cloud is the way of the future.
Here at Isos, we work with all types of companies from all types of industries. We have the opportunity on the regular to hear from key stakeholders about topics like the sunsetting of Atlassian Server and the push towards Cloud. We've managed to compile the most compelling and common reasons that teams are considering Cloud. So here you have it...The Top 5 reasons why businesses are moving to Atlassian Cloud:
1. The Future is in the Cloud
Did you know that Gartner estimates that by 2025, 80% of all enterprises will migrate entirely away from on-premise servers and data centers? This shift is one that Atlassian is taking incredibly seriously. They're devoting time, money and resources to bring the best, most innovative solutions to their customers. They are a "Cloud First" company and this decision was not made lightly. Atlassian truly believes that, in the end, Cloud will save their customers time and money, and relieve the pain of having to manage IT infrastructure internally. Whatever temporary inconvenience a migration might cause, it will pay dividends down the road.
2. Instant Scalability
With an on-premise deployment (Server or Data Center), resources for scaling are limited. This means that—as your organization grows—in order to keep work on track and systems running smoothly, your teams have to add more computing power (CPU, RAM) to existing machines, which is known as vertical scaling. They will also have to scale horizontally, which means adding more servers and machines. These are, by and large, manual endeavors. In a Cloud environment, admins can skip these manual scaling processes and let Atlassian do the hard part.
3. Better Security
When surveyed, 94% of businesses said security actually got better for them after moving to the cloud. Many companies have a pre-conceived notion that security is subpar in the cloud, when, in fact, industry experts say that this is an outdated notion and no longer holds weight. Atlassian engages in many practices to ensure the best possible security in their cloud...everything from rigorous testing, to encryption in transit and at rest, to the adoption of the zero trust approach (more on that in an upcoming blog).
4. Right-Size Your Servers in Cloud and Save Big Bucks
Another interesting tidbit: Right-sizing your servers by moving to the cloud brings in an average annual cost savings around 30%, according to a recent study of 35,000 servers. Did you also know that the cost of unused licensed software in the US and UK is a whopping $34 billion per year??? Atlassian Cloud will decrease your total cost of ownership (IT staff, hardware, real estate for data centers, etc.) and help you save money in the long run.
5. Migrating to Atlassian Cloud Doesn't Have to Be Painful
OK, this isn't one that we necessarily gleaned from the Atlassian community. However, we would be remiss if we didn't mention that a Cloud migration can be a relatively painless experience. How, you ask? You'll want to engage an Atlassian Platinum and Enterprise Solution Partner, such as Isos Technology, to do the dirty work for you. We've had experience migrating all types of organizations to the cloud and have all the necessary expertise, tooling, partnerships, and resources to make your migration a successful endeavor.
Want to learn more about migrating to Atlassian Cloud? Check out our Cloud Resource Center on our website!