No Need to Panic (Even if You Weren’t Planning It)
Last week, the news broke that Atlassian are putting an end to their vestigial Server licenses for Jira, Confluence, and everything else.
Few were surprised:
If you were to play a drinking game every time Cloud was mentioned at an Atlassian event or in a shareholder report, you’d need medical attention.
Atlassian are offering three options to those currently on Server:
1.) A one-year free cloud migration trial for up to 10,000 users.
2.) A 20-55% discount to move to Cloud (for 1001 users+) or a 15%-40% discount to move to Data Center. The sooner you move, the higher the discount, so go for a 24-month deal before June/July 1st, 2021 (for Cloud/ DC respectively) to lock-in the highest discounted price for the longest time.
3.) Stay on Server, knowing that support will end for it by February 2024. Prices will go up for 1-25 users, but for most people who hadn’t cut a special Advantaged plan price deal with Atlassian, there will be very little change. You may however notice the lights slowly turning off, as fewer and fewer add-ons are supported on a dying platform.
I presume the comments section will be cynical enough about all of the above, so here are some practical considerations to help you with the migration plan.
- Are all your apps / add-ons supported on Cloud and Data Center? It’s simple enough to check whether your most important apps have a hosting option for Cloud and Data Center. If you’re not sure what your most important apps are, simply turn them off, and see how many people complain.
Be aware that apps may have a different marketplace listing for each platform. This can be a sign that it’s a different app, and migration may be a pain.
2. Migrating from Server to Data Center is almost no work at all. It’s practically the same platform, but the apps will have gone through rigorous testing to prove they’re reliable and stable at scale.
You may lose some of your older, less well-supported add-ons during the migration, but moving house should always be an opportunity for a spring clean!
3. Atlassian are continuously updating this handy guide on which Vendors have made migration paths from Server to Cloud. The best apps have worked hard to make sure nothing is lost in the move.
4. If in doubt, contact the Vendors directly, or your Atlassian Partner, and ask how complicated your migration might be, and whether any data or work will be lost during the migration.