Organizations are standardizing on Atlassian applications for team collaboration. As they have scaled, our applications have become mission critical and fundamental to how organizations run their business. Two years ago, we introduced the Data Center editions of JIRA Software, Bitbucket, Confluence, and JIRA Service Desk, providing a self-hosted deployment option focused on helping customers scale mission-critical Atlassian applications across their organization. Data Center delivers the two things you need to scale Atlassian applications – high availability and performance when it matters the most, especially for organizations standardizing on Atlassian tools.

Today, we are deepening our investments in our Data Center products and are excited to announce new capabilities that enable teams to address their growing needs for deployment flexibility, authentication, control, high availability and performance. Oh, and a new product joins the Data Center family (hug).

Deployment flexibility with AWS

We want to make managing and deploying Data Center easy, in the environment of your choice. More and more organizations are turning to infrastructure service providers for a cost effective and flexible alternative to hosting on traditional servers. In fact, the percentage of Atlassian instances in production on AWS doubled over the last three years. “It’s important to us that customers choose the right long-term architecture that provides the flexibility they need for their Atlassian stack,” says Bryan Rollins, Head of Server Business at Atlassian.

Today, we’re announcing a collaboration with Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) to give customers the full power of Amazon’s hosting capabilities while helping them minimize infrastructure configurations and costs. “The release of these two new Quick Starts builds on our existing relationship with Atlassian,” said Scott Wiltamuth, AWS VP Developer Productivity and Tools, “and will help our joint customers quickly and easily deploy JIRA Software Data Center and Bitbucket Data Center to take advantage of the flexibility, scalability, and resilience of the AWS cloud.”

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We’ve worked with AWS to develop Quick Start guides powered by AWS CloudFormation templates for Atlassian so that customers can deploy their Data Center cluster in a few minutes, including load balancers, databases and all the connectivity needed. These guides include configuration steps and best practices so that teams can take advantage of AWS’s elastic capabilities like auto-scaling and instant provisioning. These capabilities let you easily scale Data Center to meet growing demand. Need to bring on more teams? No problem. With AWS you can automatically scale your environment as user load changes without any disruption to work or manual intervention by administrators.

Join our webinar to find out how easy it is to get up and running with Data Center on AWS.

Available for: Bitbucket Data Center and JIRA Software Data Center – coming soon for all other Data Center offerings. We also support AWS for our Server products so that teams of all sizes can benefit from the ease of scale that AWS provides.

SAML 2.0 single-sign-on for Data Center

Many organizations are turning to SAML for secure and single-sign-on (SSO) across the products their teams use every day. Organizations choose Data Center because their Atlassian applications are mission critical and central to their productivity, and enabling easy access across all their applications is essential for many of our customers.

With SAML 2.0 support for Atlassian Data Center products, admins can specify a SAML provider to manage user authentication. We support popular identity management providers, including: Okta, OneLogin, Azure, Active Directory (ADFS), Bitium and PingOne, with more coming soon. Users now have fewer passwords to remember and admins have fewer password reset tickets to complete – it’s a win / win for everyone. Plus, applying SAML configurations can be done in just a few simple steps.
Available for: Bitbucket Data Center and JIRA Software Data Center – coming soon for all other Data Center offerings.

Zero downtime upgrades for JIRA Software Data Center data_center_summit_announcements_blog_-_server_marketing_-_extranet

With Data Center offerings we’ve eliminated unplanned downtime through active-active clustering and disaster recovery. But what about planned downtime for application upgrades and maintenance? For global organizations with teams working around the clock, finding time for planned downtime that doesn’t interrupt your teams’ productivity can be nearly impossible, which is why many administrators schedule upgrades and maintenance at night or on weekends. No longer. Soon, you’ll be able to manage the entire JIRA Software Data Center upgrade process more frequently and give your teams the latest and greatest version of JIRA Software.

With zero downtime upgrades for JIRA Software Data Center, upgrade one node at a time without taking down the cluster. In addition, we have exposed more monitoring data around cluster health and status to help deliver a smooth uninterrupted upgrade.

Upgrading without downtime means that you can upgrade more often to get the latest security patches, bug fixes, and of course, new features into the hands of your teams faster.

HipChat Data Center beta

Collaboration is the heart of any well-functioning team. With HipChat, your teams can collaborate in real-time, around the globe through 1:1 and group messaging to keep everyone on the same page and can escalate issues as needed. HipChat quickly becomes embedded in a company’s culture making it a critical part of how teams function. Today, we’re officially announcing a beta for HipChat Data Center, so you can deliver real-time collaboration to your teams on your own infrastructure at scale.

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Customers will soon be able to deploy our on-premise version of HipChat to every user in their business, with the confidence they require for uptime and performance. Sign up for the beta today!

We’re committed to providing our customers with the products they depend on every day to support the mission-critical needs of their business. With our continued investments in the Data Center product line, you will get the deployment flexibility, authentication, control, high availability, and performance you require for your business.

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