By now you've heard that Atlassian's Server products are going away (check out the details of the timing). Atlassian's Cloud products have come a long way in their first few years from the old Atlassian OnDemand environment. They have bleeding edge features, they're responsive, and you don't have to do any sort of infrastructure maintenance. For many companies, they're a no-brainer. But what if you're a small- to medium-sized business that has strict rules around use of SaaS platforms, or is running in an environment where you have total control, but don't need the high availability features of Data Center yet? If you're considering moving to Data Center, I'm here to to take a little bit of the anxiety away.
A Move to Data Center Enables Some Awesome Features
The move could be as easy as updating your application's license to a Data Center license. You can use the exact same infrastructure! You'll gain all the awesome Data Center features like SAML authentication (newly improved in recent versions with just-in-time provisioning), ability to integrate with a content delivery network (CDN), API rate limiting, and the flexibility to scale up instances when you're ready. And those are just the features shared across the applications. If you look at Jira-specific features, you gain issue and project archiving, and zero downtime upgrades. For Confluence, you pick up external process pools, and advanced permissions management. In Bitbucket, you'll add smart mirrors, disaster recovery features, the ability to audit, and advanced auditing.
Reap the Benefits of Deploying Atlassian Tools into a Public Cloud
One other consideration is deploying into a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Azure, so you can get some of the benefits of dynamic scaling offered by public clouds. Have you ever wanted to do a locked index of a large server instance of Jira, but not impact end user functionality? If you create a non-clustered Data Center instance with a share volume and database in a public cloud, you can add a second instance on demand to do the index and then shut it down. Your end users won't even know!
Upgrading to Data Center unlocks a ton of features and doesn't have to mean a full rebuild of your environment.