Cloud technology has been around for years and many organisations rely on cloud software to store their files and data. Yet, the idea of moving the software that's central to your business from on-premise servers into the cloud can be nerve-wracking.
Although it's easy to see the benefits of cloud––increased efficiency, productivity and lower operating expenses––you’ve probably heard there are downsides too, especially for larger businesses.
When deciding whether to migrate critical company-wide tools such as Jira and Confluence, it’s not just the cloud instances of these products themselves that you need to worry about.
A key additional consideration is your apps––will they still work and offer the same functionality you're currently experiencing if you move to the cloud? Plus, you’ve got to think about your security requirements, performance needs, and whether customisation is important for your tools.
For enterprise companies, it’s no wonder the idea of moving to cloud can be so complicated and worrying. When you’ve got so many moving parts, and thousands of users relying on your Atlassian tools to do their jobs, it's important to consider every option.
The benefits of moving your Atlassian tools to the cloud
When your tools are in the cloud you no longer need bulky, on-premise servers, or large, experienced teams to manage them––eliminating the technical costs associated with infrastructure and implementation.
Your team can get on with day-to-day tasks and bigger-picture projects without the burden of managing servers, updating instances, or fixing outages. This just happens in the background.
In fact, if there are problems, your cloud provider or trusted vendor often spots the issues and fixes them before your teams even notice it. These bigger teams of experts are working behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly.
Moving from an in-house managed server to the cloud also makes it easier to scale by instantly adding additional nodes when needed. You'll be able to respond immediately to dynamic spikes in demand, and team growth––allowing you to become more fluid based on your business needs.
Overall, moving to the cloud brings many advantages–it lets your team move faster, deliver more value, and grow with confidence.
But the big decision is whether Atlassian’s out-of-the-box cloud offering provides everything you need, or whether the disadvantages become a deal-breaker for your organisation.
The main challenges of moving to Atlassian Cloud
Because Atlassian Cloud is quite rigid, it can limit both the customisation options and the features that you are used to with Atlassian Server or Data Center.
If like many organisations you rely on Marketplace apps to optimise your Atlassian stack, these will be significantly different on Atlassian Cloud. For many of them, you’ll even have to start from scratch as your current version cannot be migrated over.
Atlassian Cloud uses the REST API, instead of Java, meaning many apps become incompatible.
Due to limitations with this API, many app creators have not been able to replicate the same functionality of current Server and Data Center apps in Cloud versions.
Another big issue is security. Marketplace apps can be hosted anywhere in the world as each vendor is responsible for hosting the cloud version of their apps. This can cause major problems with regulations that require your data to only be held in certain regions. And because vendors are hosting apps directly, this can cause issues with performance.
Let’s take a closer look at how cloud versions differ for some popular Marketplace apps:
There are significant differences in database structure for the Cloud version of the app. For Server and Data Center, Tempo data is stored in the same database as Jira. However with Cloud, Tempo data is stored in a separate system directly by Tempo.
Because of this, migration can be complicated and very time consuming. There are currently no migration tools built into Tempo Timesheets so everything has to be moved over manually––a huge task for larger businesses!
While ScriptRunner for Jira Cloud enables you to automate and extend Jira using Groovy Scripts, much like the Server and Data Center versions, there are also some key differences.
Due to limitations on Atlassian's side, ScriptRunner for Jira Cloud relies solely on Jira's public REST API (rather than the Java API in the Server and Data Center versions). This means some of the functionality is implemented differently and some of your scripts might need to be rewritten when transitioning the the Cloud.
This probably won't be a big deal for smaller organisations, but for an enterprise that executes hundreds of scripts across different parts of the Jira platform, these challenges need to be considered before migrating to Jira Cloud.
eazyBI for Jira Cloud is hosted by eazyBI, not on your server, so all system administration tasks are performed by eazyBI support. Some functionality is not available and administrator control is limited.
If using data and analysing reports is key to making significant decisions in your business, then missing functionality in the cloud version of eazyBI could make visualising your essential data much harder.
A variety of features are unavailable on the Cloud version of BigPicture, and some disparities exist in functionality and customisation compared with Server versions.
While BigPicture was created to help you be more efficient, these missing features and functionality on Cloud could actually do the opposite.
These marketplace apps, and many of your other essential Atlassian apps, lose key functionality and features on Cloud.
If apps are crucial to helping your teams thrive using Atlassian tools and you can’t compromise. There’s another way.
When functionality matters, think Adaptavist Enterprise Cloud
Luckily, it’s still possible to give your teams the benefits of cloud with all the functionality you're used to.
Adaptavist Enterprise Cloud gives you the flexibility of cloud without compromising on the functionality and customisation of your tools by delivering Data Center technology as a seamless, fully managed cloud experience.
By using reliable cloud infrastructure from our partner Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other popular cloud platforms, combined with Data Center apps, Enterprise Cloud is designed for performance at scale.
Our back-end infrastructure management and unparalleled support gives you peace of mind that your instances will always be performing at their best. Plus, we also support all of you Marketplace apps, too.
But it’s not just about keeping the lights on.
Our team of experts manage your day-to-day front-end admin to ensure your users are making the most of everything your tools have to offer.
With robust security and compliance measures, disaster recovery, and data stored where you want it, there’s no need to compromise on data security.
Plus, your nominated Adaptavist account manager is on-hand to provide advice and insight for longer-term developments that will take your tools to the next level.
Alongside licensing and free training with Learn for Jira included for all your users, we’ve combined everything enterprise organisations need to be successful.
Make moving to cloud a reality and watch your organisation soar.