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6 tips to scale your Atlassian products

Do any of these match a focus area for you?

If so, you’re most likely wondering what your options are. You’re not alone. Many of our enterprise customers like ANZ, Amadeus, LinkedIn, and AppDynamics are experiencing similar challenges.

Like these customers, your journey with Atlassian likely started with a handful of instances popping up on individual servers. With that number continuing to grow,  you quickly realized the Atlassian tools were suddenly critical to the majority of your team’s day-to-day work. You needed to develop a plan — and fast — to get some control over the various instances spread across your organization. You needed to centralize some of the administration and ensure performance as reliance on the tools increased.

As a software or IT leader, estimating and planning for growth is critical. We’ve learned a lot from many of our customers’ journeys and wanted to share some recommendations as you develop a strategy for scale.

How do I know when my organization’s growth requires a new strategy?

Here are some tell-tale signs we’ve observed (and you may be experiencing) of large-scale organic growth:

Business indicators

Product adoption indicators

How to prepare for large-scale organic growth

Are you seeing one or more of these signs in your business? Here are several process and technology tips you can start considering today.

Business processes and teams

1. Consolidate administrative teams to centralize delivery and support of Atlassian products as a service.

2. Improve governance and controls for integrations with internal and external systems.

3. Create best practices specific to your business and infrastructure that help users get the most benefit out of Jira Software, Confluence, and other products with minimal performance and uptime impact.

Technology

4. Increase allocation of CPU, memory, and storage to your Atlassian Server instances.

5. Keep your instance healthy through regular performance testing and monitoring.

6. Set up warm failover so there’s a standby deployment in case of failures.

Create a long-term plan to scale Atlassian products

These recommendations should help address your immediate challenges and give you some time to decide if you need to do more. We often find that our enterprise customers outgrow their single Atlassian Server instance, even after ongoing optimization and especially as they grow beyond 500 users. If you’re already growing past 500 users, here are a few more questions to help you decide whether you need to start thinking about next steps.

Do any of those sound familiar? If so, it might be time to check out Atlassian Data Center. Atlassian Data Center, our self-managed enterprise edition, gives you the functionality your teams know and love in your existing Atlassian products along with a number of additional benefits to help you scale and manage complexities as your organization matures, like:

Still not sure if it’s the right next step? Learn more about Atlassian Data Center to decide if it is right for your company. And check out the webinar for a deeper dive on Atlassian Data Center.

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