So...you've probably heard. Atlassian made a pretty major announcement this past Friday, October 16th. Co-Founder Scott Farquhar announced that they're retiring their 18-year-old Server deployment option so they can focus more extensively on Atlassian Cloud, as well as their Data Center solution. This announcement was met with vigorous cheers by many, cautious optimism by some, and trepidation by a few. At Isos, we're happy to say that we fall into the first, "super excited" category about this latest product news. We truly believe that this is the best direction for Atlassian, their partner community, and their users. Here are 5 reasons why we're pumped about Atlassian's announcement...
1. You have more than enough time to get your proverbial ducks in a row.
If you're a Server customer and this announcement has thrown you into a bit of a tizzy, fear not. You have plenty of time to plan for the future of your Atlassian instance(s). In fact, Atlassian isn't even ending Server license sales until February 2, 2021...meaning you can still purchase or request a quote for new licenses up until the day before.
To take it one awesome step further, Atlassian is providing support and maintenance for Server customers until February 2, 2024. That is three years and three months from now, people. We will probably have flying cars and personal robot assistants by then. The point is, you have time...and if you'd like to stay on Server for now, that is a very viable option for businesses.
2. Atlassian is offering incredible incentives for customers who are considering a Cloud migration.
If you think that your organization might be moving towards the cloud, there is literally no better time than now for you to make the jump. First, you might want to check out the Atlassian Migration Program (AMP), which provides you with step-by-step guides, free migration tools, a dedicated migration support team, and a free cloud migration trial for the length of your remaining server maintenance up to 12 months.
Danny Riley, VP of Business Development at Isos, wrote a great blog about the myriad incentives that Atlassian offers its customers who want to begin the journey to Cloud. Check it out here!
3. Innovation is the beating heart of Atlassian.
Atlassian has always been committed to the success of their customers. This has only grown stronger over the years. The decision to become a "Cloud First" organization was not one they made lightly. It is because the folks at Atlassian truly believe that the cloud is our future. The benefits it offers (streamlined administration, instant scalability, and quicker time to value, to name a few) far outweigh the temporary inconvenience of the initial migration.
To read more about Atlassian's commitment to innovation, read our CEO Thad West's latest blog.
4. Not ready for Cloud? That's okay, too!
Not every customer will want to switch to Cloud. In fact, Cloud may not ever be an option for organizations, especially those with stringent data security requirements. The good news is that Atlassian is still firmly committed to its Data Center customers. This is evidenced by their promise to incorporate new capabilities and integrations for individuals with Cloud/Data Center hybrid environments. Furthermore, they'll make some of their most powerful apps available natively, and they'll offer Priority Support with Data Center subscriptions for most user tiers.
5. You have plenty of resources out there.
We understand that this is a lot of information to digest. Fortunately, you have a TON of resources out there to guide you on your journey. Atlassian is there for their customers 100%, and so are their partners. Yes, that means us!
We'll wrap up this blog by including a link to our Cloud Migration Resources page, which is chock-full of helpful information, as well as an awesome blog article on the benefits of Data Center. Whatever path you choose, Isos is there for you every step of the way. Reach out to us today to talk about your options!