The importance of moving to Atlassian Cloud, or learning more about cloud migration in general, has grown.
First of all, Atlassian has been stressing that they are a cloud-first company for years. They've been very vocal about it for a long time. And in recent years, they've released all of their new features in the cloud.
Recently, Atlassian announced that they will be initiating an end-of-life process for their hosted platform, which started in February 2021 and will end in 2024.
Benefits of Moving to the Cloud
The most important benefits of migrating to the cloud are related to risk mitigation and cost savings. Atlassian’s cloud services are proven—in fact, they are among the world’s experts in the field.
It’s important to remember that when you have everything on-premise, as opposed to in a cloud environment, you'll run into more problems. There's more variance in the way that things can be configured and the people running it.
In other words, you'll run into unique problems that require unique solutions. When you're in the cloud, however, everything remains consistent throughout the environment.
Secure Remote Access Organization-Wide
There are other benefits to moving to the cloud.
For example, in this age of COVID where people are working remotely across the world, the cloud makes it easier to provide your organization with secure remote access to your information.
Another benefit is that the cloud is where Atlassian is focusing their efforts. By going to the cloud, you'll reap the rewards of their developments.
Also, consistency is built into cloud systems. Even if you added 1,000 new employees overnight, you shouldn't see any difference in the performance of your applications.
If you have to provide remote access to your Jira server, it’s up to you to make sure that it's hardened so that hackers can't get to your information. On the cloud, the connection is already hard, and, again, you reap the benefits of Atlassian doing that work for you.
Either a company has to employ a partner like Isos or they have to do it on their own, they spend a hundred thousand dollars per year possibly upgrading their Atlassian toolset. Whereas, when you're in Atlassian Cloud, that's already done for you and you don't have to even think about it.
Early Atlassian Incentives for Cloud Migration
Finally, because Atlassian wants to make sure that people start to put this on the radar as soon as possible, Atlassian is offering a lot of incentives to do it.
Let's say, for example, that you are up to renew your Atlassian Server instance(s). Atlassian is offering a grace period to get to the cloud. That said, they are serious about it. They're putting their wall up, and this is a good time to take advantage of those incentives.
Clients often ask about the cost shift in cloud migration. In other words, what's the pricing like? Well, as they say on Facebook, it's complicated.
Overall, your total cost of ownership with the cloud is almost always less. You're not paying for servers or labor to upgrade them. A whole bunch of costs go away when you adopt the Atlassian Cloud deployment model, which is great.
However, like a lot of people who are on the server version of the Atlassian tools right now, they enjoy a perpetual license where you pay for and you own the like software. You don't get updates in the same way, but you do own it.
When you adopt the cloud, it's a subscription model, so you pay ongoing costs. And at first, your costs may seem higher. But when you add what you were spending on people, features, and maintenance over time, the cloud wins out.
It's a different way of paying, however, that you'll need to adjust to.
How to Prepare Your Business for a Cloud Migration
This announcement from Atlassian has people wondering where to look for information that can help them prepare to move to the cloud.
Isos has prepared a lot of information, including a cloud migration resource center that you can refer to. We also have a quiz that can tell you how ready you or your organization are to migrate to the cloud.
Also, Atlassian has lots of links on their site that explain in great detail how to prepare to migrate to the cloud. Further, the Isos team has written a ton of blog posts on the subject.
We've put a lot of time into examining almost every element of migrating to the cloud. We can also help you prepare for the pros and cons of moving. Between Atlassian and Isos’ resources, you'll have your bases covered.
The most important step you can take is to talk to someone who knows cloud migrations and knows Atlassian specifically.
It's an extremely reliable software, but it allows for a lot of different use cases. We do this stuff every day and we still see new problems on almost a daily basis.
Make sure you talk to someone who knows what they're doing — and no one knows this space better than Isos.