Many teams choose Atlassian server products because they want or need control over their data and infrastructure. But did you know Atlassian offers another option for you to deploy on your own infrastructure?

The alternative is Atlassian Data Center, our self-managed enterprise offering, which provides the same functionality you know and love in our server products, but has additional capabilities to better serve enterprise organizations. Data Center editions are available for Jira SoftwareConfluenceBitbucketJira Service Desk, and Crowd.

But really, what’s the difference between server and Data Center?

Simply put, Atlassian Data Center is built for growing or maturing enterprise organizations.

As your server instances grow and your organization’s ability to build products and deliver services puts an increasingly demanding load on them, you might need a better way to stay ahead. For many of you, not only is the rate of your organization’s growth too much for your server environment to handle, but as your organization continues to mature, you face a growing list of features your software needs to meet company requirements.

Here is a breakdown by product of the additional features you’ll gain access to by upgrading to Data Center:

JiraScale & performance
> Support for CDN (Content Delivery Network)
> Issue Archiving
> Project Archiving
Reliability & stability
> Clustering
> Zero downtime upgrades
> Rate limiting
Security & compliance
> SAML
> OpenID Connect
Infrastructure & automation
> Support for AWS
> Support for Azure
> Support for Amazon Aurora
Confluence
Scale & performance
> Support for CDN (Content Delivery Network)
Reliability & stability
> Clustering
> Read-only mode
> External processing pool
> Rate limiting (coming soon)
Security & compliance
> SAML
> OpenID Connect
Infrastructure & automation
> Support for AWS
> Support for Azure
> Support for Amazon Aurora
BitbucketScale & performance
> Support for CDN (Content Delivery Network)
> Smart mirroring
> Mirror Farms
> Storage Sharding
Reliability & stability
> Clustering
> Rate limiting
Security & compliance
> SAML
Infrastructure & automation
> Support for AWS
> Support for Azure
> Support for Amazon Aurora
Jira Service DeskScale & performance
> Support for CDN (Content Delivery Network)
> Issue Archiving
> Project Archiving
Reliability & stability
> Clustering
> Rate limiting
Security & compliance
> SAML
> OpenID Connect
Infrastructure & automation
> Support for AWS
> Support for Azure
> Support for Amazon Aurora
Crowd > Clustering
> Delegated Admin
> Azure AD user filtering
> Multi-domain SSO

When should you consider upgrading to Data Center?

To determine whether Server or Data Center is the right fit for you, we’ve outlined some criteria to help in the decision-making process:

Users

Doubling down on stability with Amazon Aurora for Atlassian Data Center

How many users access your Atlassian applications each day? Is this number growing? We’ve found that Jira Software, Confluence, and Bitbucket customers typically need more stability when their user base reaches 500 – 1,000. Forty-five percent of current Data Center customers have upgraded to this offering at the 500 or 1,000 user tier. For Jira Service Desk, we found that 50 percent of Data Center customers upgrade when they reach 50 agents. Your team’s growth rate should also be taken into consideration.

Performance

As you scale, are you still getting the same level of performance? For larger customers, performance degradation usually happens under high load or peak times. This is even more common for organizations where teams in multiple geographic locations work online at the same time. Sometimes, performance degradation occurs simply due to the sheer amount of data that has accumulated in the application. And sometimes running jobs, like API calls or queries, are the culprits. Consider implementing monitoring or other ways to measure performance to stay one step ahead and make the move to Data Center before your teams start complaining.

Downtime

For many organizations, a single hour of downtime can cost thousands of dollars. When deciding whether to upgrade to Data Center, consider whether your organization can afford downtime.

There are typically two primary causes of downtime: application and server-side.

  • Application issues are often caused by JVM errors. Most commonly, this type of failure occurs when memory dedicated on the server for running the application gets too full, or when the database’s connection is overloaded by requests.
  • Server disruption or crashes can be caused by a variety of things, including planned maintenance, unplanned upgrades or installations, or resources such as CPU, RAM, or storage on the server being overwhelmed. Any type of outage results in lost productivity from your employees being unable to work, so it’s important to consider how many of your employees rely on Atlassian products to get their jobs done and what that downtime may cost you.

Data Center not only allows you to enable clustering for high availability to limit these types of disruptions, but it also has additional tools like read-only mode, zero downtime upgrades, and rate limiting to further strengthen the stability and reliability of your Atlassian product(s).

Administration

You may be using a federated environment or optimizing your single server to meet your needs, but the complexity and time required to do either of these can be quite taxing. Atlassian Data Center offers administrative features that make the lives of admins easier. Maybe you want to reduce administrative time spent on upgrades, or unlock some of the automation capabilities available using our support for AWS or Azure Quickstarts. Maybe you want to reduce the time you spend adjusting your server environment to improve performance and instead archive issues or projects in just a few clicks for similar performance improvements. Or maybe you are managing multiple server instances and want to consolidate onto a single Data Center instance to centralize and simplify the duties of your admin team.

Security & Compliance

Keep your instance safe with self-protection capabilities for Data Center

As organizations mature, security and compliance requirements become increasingly complex. Whether it’s more secure authentication protocols or advanced auditing to comply with internal policies, we’ve got you covered. We are continuing to invest in new ways to provide enterprise organizations with security, compliance, and governance capabilities.

Learn more about Data Center

Tip

You can learn more about the differences within individual server and Data Center products from our feature comparisons:
Jira Server vs. Data Center
Confluence Server vs. Data Center
Bitbucket Server vs. Data Center
Crowd Server vs. Data Center

There are many factors that make Data Center a great option for server customers as their needs change. Read our whitepaper to get more criteria on when to move to Data Center; tips to help you plan, prepare, and set up Data Center; and pointers from customers who’ve successfully migrated to Data Center.

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