As organizations grow, their needs continuously change. Catering to the surge in new requirements may lead to application downtime and performance degradation due to the inability to scale applications. When organizations reach this tipping point, it makes sense to invest in an enterprise-grade solution that scales with the spike in demand while meeting performance, availability, security, and compliance requirements.
Atlassian Data Center is an ideal deployment option that offers capabilities across security, compliance, user management, scalability, performance, and extensibility. However, when it comes to moving to Atlassian Data Center, organizations have several questions. Here’s a list of answers to 10 most commonly asked questions about Atlassian Data Center:
1. What are the top three considerations for moving from Server to Data Center?
For teams who need control over their data and infrastructure, Atlassian Data Center offers the same functionality as Atlassian Server, but with additional capabilities, especially for growing teams. Top three considerations for moving from Server to Data Center include:
• If an organization's user base reaches 500-1,000 users.
• If performance begins to be effected under high load or peak times.
• If applications are mission-critical and need the infrastructure to support scalability, flexibility, and reliability.
2. What are the top benefits of Atlassian Data Center?
Atlassian Data Center, a self-managed enterprise offering, is built especially for maturing enterprise organizations. As Server instances grow, ensuring consistent performance becomes difficult. For such organizations, Atlassian Data Center offers a growing list of features needed to meet company goals.
• High availability through active-active clustering
• Zero downtime upgrade and maintenance windows
• Simplified login experience that is SAML 2.0 compatible
• Efficient failover through a robust disaster recovery strategy
• Access to a world of data-center compatible apps, plugins, and extensions
• Seamless scalability by adding nodes to clusters – without affecting performance
3. Is a Trial option available for Atlassian Data Center? If yes, how can one avail it?
For organizations new to Atlassian products or already using Server as their deployment option, Atlassian allows a trial of Data Center. You can test by downloading some of the Data Center products such as Jira Software, Confluence, Bitbucket, Jira Service Desk, or Crowd. Teams can create a new Data Center trial license in “My Atlassian”.
4. I have an instance with a Server license. How do I apply my Data Center license?
There are two options for applying a data-center license:
Organizations that have a Server license can continue to use their Server infrastructure when they upgrade to Data Center. Atlassian allows such organizations to convert existing Server instances to Data Center and unlock some of the features by applying the Data Center license.
5. Do Server apps work on Data Center?
Although Atlassian allows organizations to use existing Server licenses on Data Center, it does not allow them to renew maintenance. Therefore, when upgrading to Data Center, it is a good idea to upgrade any available Data Center approved apps. Since these apps are purpose-built for Data Center environments, they are constantly tested and verified to meet Data Center standards across performance, scalability, and reliability.
6. I noticed that there are two types of deployment architectures for Data Center products. Which one does my company choose?
When deploying Data Center versions of Atlassian products, organizations have two options at hand:
• A non-clustered architecture where the Atlassian application instance runs on a single server or node. This option is ideal for organizations that have an existing well-configured Server installation and want to continue to use the infrastructure post-upgrade, to unlock a handful of modern Data Center features.
• A clustered architecture where the Atlassian application instance runs on multiple nodes configured in a cluster. This option is ideal for organizations that require high availability immediately and want to make the most of all of Data Center’s modern features.
7. How should one prepare for migration?
Build a robust Data Center migration plan as well as a migration checklist, to ensure organizational preparedness. Be aware of the cost, time, and resources required to migrate, as well as discuss challenges that might come along the way.
• Build a strong project team and align them with your Data Center goals
• Review current server installation and make changes as necessary
• Document existing processes and carefully evaluate technology decisions
• Implement test and deployment processes and continuously monitor it
• Evaluate the compatibility of your existing apps and upgrade them or choose new data center-compatible apps
8. How do I deploy Data Center on the Cloud?
Organizations looking to move to Atlassian Data Center have two deployment options to choose from: an on-prem option that allows them to use their own infrastructure to install instances, and a cloud option that allows them to host instances on AWS or Azure. Although preset configurations and recommended settings make it easy for teams to quickly deploy architecture on the Cloud, doing it under the guidance of expert specialists is a great way to maximize ROI and value. Addteq’s hosted and fully managed solution Codefactori, allows software development teams to focus on developing high-quality software - without worrying about optimizing the release process. Using Codefactori, teams can eliminate costly capital expenditure, ensure high availability and uptime, enjoy enterprise-grade security, and scale seamlessly to meet the growing needs of their business.
9. We want to move to Atlassian Data Center, but we don’t have the bandwidth to manage the IT operations. What are some other options?
Although Atlassian Data Center offers a comprehensive suite of modern features and capabilities, it requires organizations to allocate adequate resources to manage and maintain Data Center instances. For organizations that do not have the IT bandwidth to manage operations, comprehensive cloud solutions like Codefactori can take care of all administrative needs. Since it is a fully-managed, hosted, and customizable solution, it allows teams to manage complex projects at scale – without worrying about the administrative headache that comes with software development.
10. What are the benefits of working with Atlassian Partners when migrating?
Migration to Atlassian Data Center requires extensive planning; roping in experienced specialists for the migration can help in improving the success rate of the migration while accelerating time to value. Platinum Atlassian partners like Addteq have years of involvement in migration projects. Using their expertise, technical skill, and industry know-how, you can be sure to embrace the most appropriate tools, follow the best practices, and overcome issues and challenges with ease. A specialist can bring in all the proficiency you need for guaranteed returns.
Atlassian Data Center opens doors to a world of enhanced performance, scalability, and flexibility benefits.
Are you ready to make the most of all its features?