In this post, expert Atlassian Consultant Nigel Budd shares some useful advice on migrating away from Atlassian Server.
Atlassian Server products will reach their End-of-Life come February 2024 — it’s sad to say goodbye to a house you’ve spent so much time in, and have so many happy memories of, but it’s time to start planning the move to your new ideal home.
You have some excellent choices of where to move to; you can move to a swish, modern dwelling with low maintenance and contemporary looks, or a more traditional gated manor house in the countryside, it’s up to you!
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the big move:
1. Plan your timeline
The good news is that Atlassian gave us three and a quarter years of notice, this is plenty of time, so there’s no need to panic. Being practical, and assuming you don’t want to run software without support, Summer to Winter 2023 is probably the final window for large migrations. If you are a young couple with only a little furniture, then you can move a lot quicker to take advantage of some of the new cloud features pretty much straight away.
2. Get to know your new neighbourhood
Atlassian Cloud is quite different from the Server edition in that it has new navigation and features, user management is different, and so on. Spend some time getting to know this new platform by creating a free instance for yourself.
The Data Center edition is also quite different in terms of deploying, upgrading, and managing, so take your time preparing the deployment of this platform as well.
3. Wait for the right property to come along
Atlassian Cloud might not have the same features as your current instance, Marketplace apps, for example, might not be as mature in features, this will change rapidly after the recent news, but you may need to wait a little while before essential features become available.
Consult the Atlassian Cloud Roadmap: https://www.atlassian.com/roadmap/cloud, and keep an eye on it, as it will be regularly updated by Atlassian. Contact your Marketplace app vendors as well to find out what their Cloud roadmap looks like.
4. Don’t buy any new furniture that might not match
This is a policy you can put into place right away, please don’t buy any new Marketplace apps or do any new integrations that are not Cloud compatible, or where it might not be possible to migrate the data to the Cloud in the future.
Packing up the removal van will be a lot less work if you have already decluttered your instance, removed all of those unused test projects, custom fields and disabled Marketplace apps, etc. The decluttering process can take many months, so make some time to start working on this now, it will save a lot of effort in the long-run.
6. Check the furniture matches your new home
I’m talking about bespoke plug-ins and scripting here — the more technically complex instances. It’s quite likely that these integrations will not work in Atlassian Cloud, so the country manor (Data Center) might be the right choice of destination for you. Alternatively, start planning a transition of these scripts to the Cloud, get familiar with Automation for Jira, Atlassian’s no-code tool, and other scripting capabilities of Cloud products.
Alternatively, you could...
Take a leaf out of my favourite fictional character Arthur Dent’s book, and simply lie in front of the bulldozer! Server products will continue to work past February 2024, it’s just that they won’t get security or other updates, and that will be fine for some people.
Clearvision as always are on hand to assist with the move to your new home, contact us if you would like a Cloud Strategy Workshop with one of our consultants, and our removals team (well our migration team actually) who have many years of experience of performing migrations, will be happy to assist.