Atlassian Cloud vs Data Center: which hosting for your OSLC connectors

By Robert Baillargeon | 2/03/2022 | Reading time: 8 min

Atlassian Cloud vs Data Center - which hosting for your OSLC connectors

It was almost over a year that Atlassian shook up its product portfolio. With the end-of-life of Jira Software Server and the push for a move to Jira Data Center and Jira Cloud products, Atlassian was able to bring some clarity to its product portfolio.

SodiusWillert OSLC connectors and Atlassian Data Center

As a software editor for two Atlassian apps (Jira and Confluence), we have been impressed with the Data Center products and the platform to support Atlassian developers and Enterprise users. As guidance to the existing Software Server users, we unequivocally recommend Atlassian Data Center to preserve the ability to collaborate in their Enterprise. Atlassian Data Center provides the flexibility, performance, and security Enterprise users need. The great news is that Data Center preserves the migration option to Jira Cloud. No doors are closed, and your Enterprise needs are secured.

Atlassian Data Center is the deployment option that we have chosen to prioritize support for and advocate our customers using Atlassian Server. Our goal is to make our OSLC Connect tools accessible to teams of all sizes. We know small teams are cost-sensitive and the Data Center move can be challenging. That is why we are moving to user-tier pricing in the Atlassian Marketplace and allowing each team to find the best plan that best suits their needs. You can already find Data Center pricing for OSLC Connect for Confluence and our other products shortly.

What about OSLC support for Atlassian Cloud?

The Atlassian Cloud fulfills the needs of many teams in rapid and scalable deployment. However, the cost of a multitenant cloud platform is individual user flexibility. It is a lack of deployment and extension flexibility that we see Enterprise users have challenges. This is especially true with OSLC technology which is foundational to any platform that it integrates. It extends endpoints, connects securely between repositories, and provides a deeply embedded user experience. Unfortunately, the Atlassian Cloud does not provide the same rich extension platform as Data Center. After careful review, OSLC Connect tools on Atlassian Cloud are on hold until the extensions methods evolve.

Atlassian Managed Services to help you decide

For those looking for the benefits of Managed Services without the Cloud, there are options. We recommend engaging with an Atlassian Partner. These teams do great work in providing Managed Services for your Atlassian Data Center experience. You have all the benefits of a managed service but control your environment's security practices (upgrades, tunnels, proxies, etc.) and connectivity to your internal engineering applications like Siemens Polarion and IBM ELM.

Helpful resources to migrate to Atlassian Data Center

Here are a few resources from the Atlassian Data Center documentation platform to help you migrate to Data Center:

Robert Baillargeon

Robert Baillargeon is the Chief Product Officer at SodiusWillert. Before his role at SodiusWillert, Robert has led engineering and research teams developing systems and deploying tools in the Automotive industry. Robert is a provisional ASPICE assessor and has a Masters of Science degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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