As the final Server sunsetting deadlines hit, with 15 February 2023 marking the end of purchasing new Server apps from the Marketplace and February 2024 bringing the end of support for all Server products, now is the time to ensure your Server-departure plan is in motion.
Moving your data and apps from Server can take longer than expected, especially if you have a complex set-up. Luckily, there are faster options to meet the February 2024 deadline, like moving to single-node Data Center which keeps your data on-premise but switches your licensing to Data Center instead of Server. Or packaged migrations to Cloud – getting you started with essential data moved over, but with flexibility to migrate the remainder of your estate after the sunsetting deadline.
It’s worth noting that not only is your own timeline important, resources from Atlassian Solutions Partners are being booked up quickly, so the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to migrate on time.
As experts in Atlassian tools, Cloud and Data Center deployments, and Marketplace Apps, our team is well-placed to offer advice and migration support that is right for the needs and goals of your business.
We’ve prepared some frequently asked questions to help guide your Server end of life decisions:
How long does it take to migrate from Server?
There are many factors that affect how long it takes to migrate. Firstly, whether you’re moving to Atlassian Cloud or staying on-premise with Data Center. On top of the deployment, factors like how much data you’re moving over, the complexity of your set-up, and the add-ons you rely on, all make a difference. These are just some of the variables that can affect the timeline of your migration, alongside your internal processes and ensuring your stakeholders keep the project on track.
What are the options for moving from Atlassian Server?
Migrate to Atlassian Cloud
Move your Server data to Cloud, either as a complete migration or partial move that gets you off Server but might not have everything you need on day one – allowing for flexibility with the deadline.
Your migration timeframe, budget, and complexity will influence how you approach moving to the cloud and what you take with you at the start.
Migrate to Atlassian Data Center
Moving to a single-node Data Center set-up gives you the benefit of a faster and likely smoother migration. However, moving to multi-node gives you all the benefits of Data Center.
Consider whether you plan to stay on-premise long-term, or whether you’re using it as a stepping stone on your journey to Cloud.
Our managed services, helping with daily tool administration, infrastructure management and public cloud hosting, can provide an easier transition to Data Center – allowing your teams to focus on long-term strategy, not tool management.
Start fresh on Cloud or Data Center
If moving your existing data is not essential, or you’re happy with some manual work recreating your current set-up, then starting fresh might be a good option. You’ll purchase new licences and start your instances from scratch.
The benefit is being able to follow best practices from the start and set-up a new clean tool for your users. But if there’s anything you want from your existing tools then there’s work involved in reestablishing your platforms.
Explore other options
Review your Atlassian set-up. Does it fit the long-term goals of your organisation, and what requirements do your teams have for your tools? Other options like GitLab or monday.com could provide the right fit for different department needs.
Can we stay on Server and not migrate?
Yes, but it is definitely not recommended. The problem with using unsupported software is bigger than not getting new updates or bug fixes. Security issues are one of the main concerns and could mean your data is compromised – which could cost you even more in the long run.
If budget and timeline are big blockers for migration, a simple move to single-node Data Center could be the best option for your organisation, at least in the short term to stay supported.
How can we prepare for our migration?
Understand your current set-up, perform housekeeping activities and clean up your instances so you’re ready to only take essential data over to your new platform.
Create a thorough migration strategy and plan to ensure your move is kept on track and continues to meet business requirements.
Ensure all major stakeholders are informed and available to provide information and help during your migration.
What about migrating my apps?
There are often significant differences between on-prem apps and their Cloud counterparts. This is because Atlassian Cloud infrastructure is different to the on-premise infrastructure – these key differences in access points and technologies on Atlassian Cloud mean that features have to be built in different ways. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as mimicking what has already been created for on-premise.
Adaptavist and other app creators are working closely with Atlassian to deliver outstanding features, but if you rely heavily on apps, these differences are worth understanding and may reinforce Data Center as your preferred choice.
Have other questions or want to discuss your options?
Speak to our migration team