Well, I was going to wave you at the standard Jira knowledge base article on this, but Atlassian seem to have deleted it.
Anyway, this is often down to slowness, so here's a quick list of things to look at initially:
If you were on a Windows box then virus scanners are notorious for breaking services like this
What version of Java are you running? Is it a 1.7 JDK?
What is the server's hardware like? Lots of memory etc?
What are your memory settings for the JVM?
Just to make sure, check your Java version using java --version. You should be using Oracle Java JDK 1.7.
Plus, check how much memory you have in your system. You should have at least 1GB to start JIRA up. You can check this using the free -m command.
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