At Atlassian, we want to give our customers the choice in how they deploy their Atlassian products: in the cloud, managed by Atlassian, or on the infrastructure of your choice with Server or Data Center. For those enterprises still needing a self-managed edition, Data Center offers the reliability and flexibility that large, complex organizations really need. Benefits like robust security, high performance, product insights, and more give enterprises the options and capabilities they need to support their teams while saving both time and money.
While Data Center has many features that are built specifically for enterprises, there are a few core benefits that those features deliver for large organizations. Here are four ways in which Data Center can support your enterprise:
1) Making sure your tools are secure and compliant
It’s no secret that solid security and compliance are crucial for any enterprise. According to the 2018 Cyber & Data Security Risk Survey Report from Marsh & McLennan, 60% of executives consider cybersecurity to be one of their organization’s top five risks. That’s no surprise, since cybersecurity incidents have been steadily increasing over the last several years. These types of cybersecurity incidents can also be hugely costly for organizations. Accenture and the Ponemon Institute estimate that the average cost of cybercrime in 2018 for each organization was $13 million (Accenture/Ponemon Institute, Cost of Cyber Crime Study, 2019). With these kinds of costs associated with cybersecurity incidents, IT leaders have to be cognizant of the security of their tools. The rise of remote work has only brought the need for exceptional security into sharper focus. With more employees than ever logging in remotely, secure tools are truly essential.
For those enterprises operating in highly regulated industries – like finance, healthcare, or government – compliance is critical. But even for those that aren’t, it’s both a major concern and a bit of a moving target as regulation continues to change. Since non-compliance can mean hefty fines, having tools that help you stay compliant and easily meet industry regulations is a must for enterprises of all sorts.
2) Keeping your large and global teams productive
When you get to the point where there are thousands of employees using your Atlassian tools – and logging in from locations around the country or the world – performance and availability begin to be big concerns. Performance degradation can often happen when teams in different locations log on. For example, when teams in New York start work in the morning and log on to the tools the European teams are already using, they’re adding significantly to the number of online users, which might be decreasing the performance of your tools. Even small hits to the performance mean lost productivity for your employees.
Even worse, you may suffer from downtime as your instances grow. When employees depend on Atlassian tools to get their jobs done, the cost of downtime can be huge. Let’s assume you have 500 employees using Bitbucket and the system goes down for one hour. Based on the average salary of a software engineer in the US, that means a loss of about $22,000 in salaries alone – not to mention the lost productivity.
To help you avoid the kind of monetary and productivity loss that performance degradation and downtime can cause, Data Center includes a number of features that help you support large and global teams. Support for CDNs, clustering, project archiving in Jira, and more help you ensure speed and reliability in your Atlassian products. What’s more, scaling your products is easy with these capabilities, so you can add more users and teams without worrying about the effect on performance.
3) Gaining insight into the impact of your tools
In a world where plentiful data is becoming table stakes, data about your workplace tools is a must-have. With it, you can have greater insight into the impact and effectiveness of your collaboration products. That kind of understanding allows leaders to drive big value for the business.
But it’s not just about having data – it’s about having the right data. Being able to focus in on the information you need—and eliminate or ignore what you don’t—is hugely important.
Since this kind of insight is so critical, we’re making investments in the space, in addition to the existing features like advanced auditing and issue archiving, to give you more access to the right information. Upcoming features in Data Center will help you better understand the health and effectiveness of your Atlassian products as well as the productivity of your teams so that you can be a more informed leader.
4) Saving time and money
What all of this boils down to is big savings in both time and money. These kinds of efficiencies are important for every business, but are perhaps even more essential at the enterprise level, where time and cost savings can grow exponentially and give the business an important leg up.
But the features mentioned above aren’t the only ones in Data Center that will help save you time and reduce costs. As a true enterprise edition, Data Center offers a level of both control and flexibility that is essential for more complex organizations. Features like support for AWS or Azure, rate limiting, zero-downtime upgrades—just to name a few—give enterprises the options and capabilities that they need to support large teams in a time and cost efficient way.
If you’re interested in learning more about Data Center and how it can better support your organization, get in touch with our Enterprise Sales Team.