Why Deploying Atlassian Data Center on AWS Without a Managed Service Provider is Risky

November 21, 2019 | by Anjana Ramesh | Posted In Agile, Atlassian, Cloud

Moving applications to the cloud is the order of the day and many organizations have already embarked on that journey. However, not all cloud deployments go smoothly. A survey conducted in 2019 by Fortinet, a multi-national cybersecurity company, gives a shocking report. Out of 350 IT decision-makers, 74% of them stated that they moved their applications to the cloud and then back to their own infrastructure after they failed to see the anticipated results.

An increasing number of organizations are now turning to cloud managed service providers (MSPs) to ensure that things don’t go awry and mitigate the risks associated with migrating, deploying, and managing applications in the cloud. If you are planning to deploy your Atlassian Data Center products (JIRA, Bitbucket, Confluence etc.) on the AWS cloud, you should understand the common challenges involved so you can properly prepare your business for the move.

Complexities involved in deploying Atlassian Data Center on AWS

1. Understanding the overall costs associated with cloud deployment

If you have decided to opt for cloud deployment, it is important to understand the indirect costs associated with it, in addition to the usage cost. Here are the associated costs that you should take into account when you plan your cloud migration initiative:

  • Hiring costs – Moving to the cloud may call for bringing new talents on board since it requires a skill set and expertise which are different from the existing ones you have in place.
  • Migration costs – Migrating your applications from an on-prem server to the cloud would require redoing some aspects of the applications to be compatible with the cloud environment. For instance, one such high-ticket item may be the labor involved in ensuring your company’s data is properly synchronized, once you deploy to the cloud.
  • Post-migration costs – Maintaining and improving your new cloud environment would incur costs for continuous integration and testing, training, security and compliance, administration and so on. These costs have to be forecasted to determine your overall cloud deployment budget.

2. Security threats, data loss, and costly downtime

Atlassian has quick start guides and tutorial videos on how to deploy the Atlassian Data Center on AWS. Nevertheless, without an expert who is well-versed in the know-how of it, your business is prone to data loss, security threats and costly downtime. This is because of the complex migration process that your in-house teams may not be able to handle well.

A cloud expert can help you with various aspects of the process starting from pre-migration assessments, identity, and access management, security audits, post-migration validation to 24/7 monitoring and management of the infrastructure that will maintain data integrity and ensure operational continuity.

3. Mere post-migration testing won’t cut it

Testing is pivotal to a successful migration initiative. But, doing it once the whole migration is complete, will only add up to the complexity. It is therefore ideal to incorporate testing at every stage of your migration process to weed out all the issues at the earliest and ensure a smooth migration. Simply put, it is important to test “adequately” rather than considering testing as one of the items in the checklist.

How can a managed service provider help you?

For all the aforementioned reasons, the deployment of the Atlassian Data Center on AWS is a herculean task to perform. Only an adept managed service provider can do the heavy lifting of end-to-end deployment and post-deployment maintenance which helps you in:

  • Cutting down on the cost
  • Infrastructure maintenance and
  • Disaster recovery

To learn more about how a cloud managed services provider can facilitate your journey to the cloud and the key considerations for success, download our white paper here.

Note: This marks the last in a multi-part series of posts. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

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