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Note: This is a summarized version of the original article published on the K15t blog.
Atlassian’s Server support is going away as of February 15, 2024, and the time is getting shorter to decide whether to migrate your Jira to Cloud or not.
The good news is that you are just in time to start thinking about the move. This article explains why moving to Cloud might be a good idea and how to get started.
Here are three reasons why you should consider migrating to Jira Cloud sooner rather than later:
Time requirements for Jira Cloud migration can vary from 3 months (for 1000 Jira users) to 9+ months (for 5,000+ users).
It’s riskier to start moving close to the deadline, since the Atlassian support and the associated partners will already be spread thin.
Getting accustomed to the data storage and safety regulations on Cloud can take time.
Although Jira Cloud migrations can be sometimes difficult to execute, but it really is worth it! According to Atlassian, 91% of Cloud teams interviewed reported improved security and a 97% reported better innovation, reliability, and change management. The infographic below shows the top benefits of moving to Atlassian Cloud.
Here’s why migrating from server to Jira Cloud is a good idea:
No Atlassian support: There will be no security or firmware updates after February 2024, meaning it will be entirely up to you to keep the data safe and accessible.
Additional costs: In most cases it is a lot more costly to maintain an in-house server or data center, as seen in the chart below.
Lost value: A lot of the features and even some apps will only be available on Atlassian Cloud.
Blessing in disguise: You can simplify workflows, clean up your databases, and consolidate old projects during the migration.
While the process might sound daunting, with the right tools and resources migrating to the Cloud can be very smooth. A visual guide gives a nice overview of the steps in a Cloud migration.
auditing your apps as well as cleaning up your data before the migration.
Atlassian also offers a free 12-month Cloud migration trial so that you can ease into the new platform.
Choosing the method of your migration is the next important step.
Migration approaches could range from optimize and shift to lift and shift (big bang or all-at-once), phased migration, or the Greenfield approach (creating new instances).
Depending on your use case, you can also opt a phased migration strategy. Phased migration:
Allows phased user onboarding and change management and helps you ease onto the new system.
Leads to reduced downtime at one moment and risks of data losses.
You can learn more about the benefits and methods of using a phased migration strategy for Jira Cloud in this blog.
In case you are looking for a more detailed list of steps to execute a Jira Cloud migration, we recommend going through this guide by Atlassian.
Migrating Jira to Cloud is a big accomplishment! A solid understanding of Cloud migration’s benefits and a well-thought-out adoption plan can help you extract full value for your organization!
Umer Sohail _K15t_