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Atlassian Stride Is Out, But HipChat Is Here To Stay

With the announcement of Atlassian Stride, there may be a new chat application joining the Atlassian family, but HipChat still has nothing to fear from its young sibling. Here's why...

As you’ll know by now, Atlassian has just gifted the world a whole new chat application, going by the name of Stride. Touted by numerous news sources as a ‘Slack killer’, Stride has been designed from the ground up, bringing with it a wealth of exciting features.

What does this mean for the future of HipChat and its customers? Well, it depends on what kind of deployment environment they’re using.

Atlassian Stride

Stride is set to shake up the team communication space

Stride is an Atlassian Cloud product, so it’ll be replacing HipChat Cloud. It won’t, however, be ousting HipChat Data Center. Instead HipChat Data Center will remain Atlassian’s enterprise-level team chat application, and as such will continue to be developed and improved.

With features like screen sharing and remote desktop control, it’s clear that Stride is looking to expand beyond the scope of a regular chat app. However, even though it’s a complete communication solution, with a modern, cutting-edge feature set, there are some demands it isn’t designed to meet.

Most importantly, Stride does not have a self-hosted option. For teams that don’t need their software to be behind the firewall, Stride offers an innovative collaborative solution with some powerful added extras. But private and public sector organisations with compliance requirements and tightly regulated IT infrastructure will still be best served by HipChat Data Center. As a Data Center tool, it’s designed for customers with mission critical needs and large scalability demands, thanks to high-availability multi-node clusters and load balancers. It also offers the kind of flexibility and customisation that you simply can’t get from a cloud-based tool.

HipChat Data Center

For enterprise users, HipChat Data Center remains the communication tool of choice

These are important distinctions, and they’re why Atlassian is committed to future investment in HipChat Data Center alongside Stride. Existing HipChat Cloud customers will eventually move over to Stride, if they want to continue using a cloud-based application, but Data Centers users can carry on using HipChat as normal, safe in the knowledge that it’s going to keep on getting better.

Of course, there is a certain amount of crossover between the two programs, but what matters most are the differences. By separating its cloud and self-hosted chat apps, Atlassian will be better able to tailor these products to their respective users – and that can only be a good thing for everyone.

So is HipChat bothered by its new stablemate? Of course not – it’s taking it in its stride…

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Anthony is a writer, proofreader and technology enthusiast. He has an on-off (mostly off) relationship with Twitter, and an on-off (mostly on) relationship with ice cream.