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Cloud Solutions are not just a trend 😶🌫️ and the future definitely seems built around this model. Atlassian, like many software companies, has accelerated its shift to the cloud and is encouraging its users to take advantage of the benefits of this model. But finding the best way to move to the cloud can be difficult, involve some risks, and be a time-consuming project.
Let’s discover together our 5 best practices to accelerate your journey to the cloud for your Atlassian solutions, such as Jira Software or Jira Service Management.
The announcement was made in October 2020: Atlassian would stop selling new Server products on February 2, 2021, and will fully stop maintaining them in February 2024. If you are using Server licenses, it’s time to think about your future choice: Cloud or Data Center? At Atlassian, 95% of new customers choose Cloud instead of Data Center. Why? Because not only have cloud platforms completely changed the ways companies use technology, but the innovations continue at breakneck speed with manifest benefits – from unlocking agility to lower costs and improved governance.
More concretely, here are the major benefits you can expect from the Atlassian Cloud:
Atlassian’s efforts are focused on the Cloud, this is where the new features and products will be implemented first. Sounds great, right? If you’re still a little scared, here are 5 tips to get you started.
Did you know that Atlassian offers its Server and Data Center customers the possibility to explore and evaluate the Cloud offer at their own pace for up to 12 months? And this is free! This trial period allows you to get an idea of the changes that await you.
As you know, Atlassian tools also draw their power from the many apps available in the Marketplace. Before moving to the cloud, it is important to conduct a quick review of your existing apps. Some will already be available in the cloud; others will not be yet. Check the ones that are no longer used and the availability of the others, but also, and above all, think about the functional coverage: an app may be available on the Cloud but have fewer functionalities. If an app is not available or got less features on the cloud, there is always an alternative.
To ease the migration, you can start by cleaning up your instances, removing: users who have been inactive for several months but are still consuming licenses, finished or canceled projects waiting to be archived, duplicate spaces, etc… A thorough cleanup will not only facilitate the migration but also reduce your costs.
An administrator who knows their instance well and asks the right questions will make the right decisions to put your migration on the right track. But unpleasant surprises are always possible… Don’t neglect the testing phase to ensure you have everything under control and guarantee good post-migration performance.
Every instance is different because every company is different. Different strategies are possible depending on your context and your use of the products: migrate your entire instance at once, or project-by-project, space-by-space. To support and advise you, you can rely on an Atlassian partner like Valiantys - we're here to support you at every stage!
Still unsure? I get it, sometimes it's easier to hear from the teams who have already made the move to the Cloud and find out if the grass really is always greener - you can read some of our customer's journeys to cloud here.
I hope you've stayed with me to the very end! I know cloud is a big topic to dive into and the thought of migrating might give you chills but it doesn't have to be scary honest! A bonus... you've got all of us here in the Community and we'll be with you every step of the way, always ready to help where we can.
Let's keep the topic going below so you have a chance to share your cloud migration questions 💭 or best practices 🏆
Laura Holton _ACE Rotterdam_