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cloud-is-now-featureSupport for Atlassian Server ends on February 15, 2024, so if your organization is still on Server, the time to migrate to Cloud or Data Center is now! After that date, “Atlassian and Marketplace Partners will no longer provide technical support for any issues, security updates, or bug fixes for critical vulnerabilities.” So, while you can technically continue to run on Server, the risks would be extremely high. While Cloud will be the right fit for most companies, Atlassian is continuing to invest in and support Data Center for companies that need it.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the high-level differences between Cloud and Data Center and the reasons why you might choose one over the other. 


Why Choose Atlassian Cloud? 

Atlassian Cloud is a true software-as-a-service (SaaS) product, and like all SaaS software providers, Atlassian does the bulk of the heavy lifting in terms of managing and updating the platform. This means that organizations that migrate to Atlassian Cloud don’t have to self-manage their servers or upgrade the tools, although they will still need admins, so they can focus on innovation within their own businesses. 

Atlassian’s four Cloud tiers mean there is a solution for virtually every company, from the smallest startup to the largest enterprise. More than 90% of new Atlassian customers choose Cloud, and many existing customers migrate to Cloud as part of their overarching digital transformation initiatives, as well as to better support business agility.

These organizations stand to benefit from improved innovation and team collaboration, reduced operational, IT, and hardware costs, and built-in security, privacy, compliance, and reliability. To learn more about Atlassian Cloud’s four tiers: Free, Standard, Premium, and Enterprise, read our whitepaper, The Demystification of Atlassian Cloud: How to Choose the Right Plan for Your Organization. 

Atlassian uses Amazon Web Services as its Cloud provider, so the company is able to take full advantage of AWS redundancy capabilities. Your data is further protected by AWS’ industry-leading data center security protocols and Atlassian’s own enterprise-level cloud security practices.

Theres no better time to migrate! Isos Technology offers exciting incentives from Atlassian for Cloud migration, including:

  • Up to $25,000 in Migration Subsidy: If your organization has a Server instance with 250-1,999 users and you embark on a Cloud migration with Isos Technology by December 31, 2023, Atlassian has a substantial subsidy waiting for you.

  • Free 12-Month Cloud Migration Trial: For a limited time, Atlassian offers a free Cloud trial for Server customers. This trial allows you to explore the Cloud version of your Atlassian tools at your own pace, assess suitability, and test the migration process.

  • Reimbursement Funding for Larger Cloud Migration Proof of Concepts (up to $60,000): For organizations with 2,000 or more users considering a move to Cloud, Atlassian provides reimbursement funding for proof of concept (POC) projects. A POC demonstrates how Atlassian's Cloud solution will work for your organization, offering a hands-on preview of what's to come.


Why Choose Atlassian Data Center? 

Atlassian Data Center remains a strong, reliable product, and like Server, it is self-managed, so you would need to host your Atlassian tools on your own infrastructure or through third-party cloud providers like AWS or Azure. As with Server, an internal team would continue to be needed to manage the software, although if bandwidth or skillset is a concern, you might be able to supplement that with managed services. 

There are two primary reasons an organization might choose to migrate from Server to Data Center. The first reason is that your organization must meet a regulatory standard that Atlassian Cloud is not yet compliant with or does not have on the roadmap for compliance prior to end of support for Server. The second reason is that regulatory requirements mandate that your organization’s data must remain in a self-managed environment. 

If you need to migrate to Data Center as an interim step, but have a longer-term plan to migrate to Cloud, you should note that Data Center incorporates some features that help optimize data to streamline bringing it to Cloud when you are ready. 

For a point-by-point comparison of the two products, read Atlassian’s Compare Atlassian Cloud and Data Center page on its website–or you can always talk to us here at Isos Technology. We’d be happy to help!


Timing Your Migration 

Whether you decide to migrate to Cloud or Data Center, timing is critical, even urgent, especially for larger organizations. Evaluating your instance, determining the best path forward, and actually migrating is a process measured in months, and as the Server end-of-life date draws near, experienced resources with availability to support migration may become increasingly challenging to find.

Looking for a hassle-free migration experience? Our team of experts offers customized solutions from start to finish. Let us help you make your journey smoother and more rewarding. Start your cloud migration plan today.

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