Which Atlassian Hosting Option is Right for Your Business?

November 8, 2019 | by Anjana Ramesh | Posted In Agile, Atlassian, Cloud

Choose the Right Atlassian Hosting Option

Despite the huge growth in the adoption rate of cloud hosting options, even today, many Atlassian customers start on self-hosted servers for various reasons like security, control, customization, compliance requirements, and so on. For large enterprises that scale beyond a tipping point, Atlassian recommends using Data Center to stay ahead of growing demands.  But what if you want to switch to the cloud for flexibility, cost advantages, or uptime benefits? In that case, you can either choose to adopt Atlassian’s cloud (SaaS) offerings or deploy your Atlassian tools through cloud services like AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or Microsoft Azure by partnering with a cloud-managed service provider.

Though Atlassian supports all the three hosting options, self-hosted server, cloud (SaaS) and managed cloud hosting, you need to factor in myriads of parameters in order to choose the right one for your business. In this blog, we shed light upon each of these hosting options, and when you should opt for it.

Self-hosted server

Self-hosted or an on-premise server is an internal hosting option that calls for your IT team to do all the heavy lifting starting from pre-installation planning, the actual installation to the post-installation maintenance and overhaul.

You can also engage external providers or consultants to support the implementation. However, on-premise server installation will be a significant initiative, taking into account the human and system resources that are required.

When should you opt for it?

You can choose this option if:

  • You are a large enterprise that requires complete control over data and customization.
  • You have your internal IT team that can handle all the complexities on their own.

Atlassian cloud

Atlassian’s cloud offerings enable you to set up your Atlassian applications in the cloud that is managed and monitored by Atlassian (SaaS). In this model, you can toggle your applications on or off whenever required and pay only for what you use.

Besides, the best thing about this method is that you can get your applications up and running in a few minutes, even if your technical knowledge of the configuration is limited.

When should you opt for it?

You can choose this option if:

  • You are a small or mid-sized company that is looking for an affordable and flexible hosting option that lets you pay only for what you use.
  • You do not have enough technical expertise that an on-premise server configuration demands.

Managed cloud hosting

If you want to leverage the benefits of cloud hosting without compromising on control, customization, and scalability, the best option is to host your applications on the cloud environment offered by infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers like AWS, Google Cloud Platform or Microsoft Azure with the help of a managed cloud services provider.

As per a report published by Statista, the managed hosting global market has grown from $60 billion to $81 billion in the last 2 years. More and more organizations around the world are choosing to adopt managed cloud hosting services to navigate the complexities associated with implementing and managing their applications on the cloud and maximize the benefits of their cloud migration.

When should you opt for it?

You can choose this option if:

  • You are an enterprise that is looking to switch to the cloud for flexibility without relinquishing the customization and scalability.
  • You do not want to handle the complexities of the deployment, maintenance, monitoring, and overhaul.

To learn more about the downsides of each of these hosting methods and the important criteria to consider before choosing the right one for your business, download our eBook here.

Note: This is Part 1 of a multi-part series. You can read Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

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