Guest Contributor: Damian Rosochacki
If your organization is currently running Atlassian tools on the Server deployment option, Atlassian's recent announcement about their discontinuation of Server may have left you wondering where to go from here. And while migrating from Server to Cloud or Data Center has gotten much easier over the years, it’s still a daunting task to accomplish when you consider that—in addition to the technical side of migration—you also have to deal with the impact to users, processes, and critical business data.
While a migration can seem overwhelming, it doesn't have to be. Especially when you engage the right Atlassian Solution Partner to help see you through it (hint: that's us). But before you get started on your migration journey, here is a list of three important considerations when thinking about your short- and long-term strategy for your organization's impending migration.
Data Security for Both Your Organization and Your Customers
Atlassian has made incredible strides in enhancing the security and compliance features of their Cloud offerings. Nonetheless, some customers may still feel uneasy about giving up control of that data in Cloud. Running Jira and Confluence on-premises may be the preferred option for security-first companies, but either way, you should carefully consider all options.
Regardless of which direction you end up going, remember that this is a topic that should be discussed by multiple stakeholders from your legal, finance, and security departments. Make sure your plan includes giving everyone adequate time to voice their opinions and concerns.
Something important to note to your stakeholders is that, in a survey of recently migrated customers, conducted through Techvalidate, Atlassian found that 92% of surveyed organizations said that security is better or equal in Atlassian Cloud.
Sensitivity to Change Amongst End Users
One of the benefits of running Atlassian on-premises is that administrators maintain control of updates and adding new features (or fixes) to your instance. A move to Cloud means that you will transition some of that control to Atlassian, in return for faster access to new features and fixes. A potential complication is that your end users might not agree with new changes being deployed in Cloud. This is where it's important to heed their concerns, while also stressing to them that Atlassian is wholeheartedly dedicated to continuously improving the Cloud user experience. In fact, they can actually peruse Atlassian's Cloud Roadmap at any time to see what they have in store for future versions of Cloud.
Get Rid of Infrastructure Headaches
A compelling benefit of moving to Cloud is the reduced expenses associated with management of on-premise products. To run a healthy Data Center instance, you need to consider things like engineering headcount, network implications, user directories, databases, your deployment strategy, scaling, and much more. For most businesses, Cloud allows those headaches to go away.
Now Is the Time to Start Planning
The end-of-life announcement for Server means that Atlassian's current customers will have to make some difficult technical and business decisions. Rest assured, you still have three years to figure things out; you can can continue to renew and receive maintenance and support for your Server licenses until February 2, 2024.
Nevertheless, it's important to allow plenty of time for adequate conversations to take place at your organization before you begin the planning and execution of your migration effort. As always, Isos Technology is here to help. Reach out to us today if you want to discuss what a Cloud migration might mean for your business.