Recently Jira users have discovered news that Atlassian had decided to discontinue its server offering and now users are encouraged to move to Cloud & Data Center options. Such information was a little bit unexpected for users, but there are valid reasons for migration.
The first and main benefit is a lower cost for administration. Big companies and corporations have thousands of employees, that’s why they need a huge developed in-house infrastructure, which takes much place, development time, and maintenance challenges, including advanced admins and cost for all of the abovementioned.
If a company migrates data from server to cloud, it transfers its main headache and can be sure that other professionals will take care of maintenance and strong security, which is one more advantage. When you manage your in-house infrastructure, this is another expense item for you, but when you choose cloud hosting, it’s already included in the price and users can be sure that everything is secure. When you transfer data to the cloud you outsource your headache to the top pros of the biggest companies with the highest level of protection ( e.g. AWS & MS Azure which provide top-notch security). With the opening of more Data Centers around the world, compliance on where data should be stored is no longer a problem.
In cloud instances, the installation process is very simplified and much faster than in the server. Also, there is no need to upgrade to new versions every time, as cloud instances are upgraded automatically with all bug fixes and new features, instances are stable and its a great economy of time.
Finally, we came to one of the most common problems – staffing. Discovering the experts is a long process that takes much time, money, and effort. Companies need to have the most professional admins, but they’re very rare and in high demand in the market. As a result, System Administrators and DevOps are of the top paid jobs. According to ZipRecruiter research, the salary of an average sysadmin starts from 45$ in the US, but if the administrator is a top professional, he/she can be hired if the company offer is not less than 100$/hour. Then, let’s have simple math –
Expenses on System Administrators/DevOps:
100$/hour – $4000/weekly pay – $16 000/monthly pay = $192,000 ( annual salary ), and usually for the infrastructure maintenance companies need several admins, so just double or triple the final sum.
Once you started using the cloud, you significantly decrease costs for admins and DevOps salaries which are one of the highest.
Also, companies lose money when they search for skilled admins and their acquisition. It takes much time and money, and if these employees leave their position in the company it causes great risks for infrastructure maintenance and security.
The last but not the least reason – cloud is very friendly to remote teams, which became more common in last year. No matter where teams work and whether they’re dispersed around the globe, all of them will have stable and equal access to data.
All of the changes will not happen suddenly in a week and Atlassian offers a transition period with different stages.
First of all, on February 2 new server licenses will be withdrawn from sale. Secondly, the corporation server license owners have a three-year tire for the complete migration to the cloud. In 2024 the support of the server will be completely down.
For those, who aren’t ready to cloud migration, Atlassian offers Data Center deployment as an option.
Users need to evaluate pros&cons for themselves and choose the most suitable form for in the next few years. We wanted to help you by highlighting the most advantageous reasons for cloud transition, but the last word is yours.
If you’re interested in the migration process, you may check out our quick guide – How to Migrate from Jira Server to Jira Cloud without a headache!