Despite all the benefits of migration, there are still a lot of misconceptions out there. This is where your worries are calmed.

Are you considering a move to the Atlassian Cloud, but you have some concerns about what it will involve? If so, you’re not the only one.

The benefits of moving to the cloud are already well known: reduced IT workloads, cost savings and greater agility – not to mention the need for mobility and remote working. But despite these benefits, there are many misconceptions about cloud products and what a server or data center migration looks like.

During the last Atlassian Remote Summit, the 10 most common myths about moving to Atlassian Cloud were shared:

  • Cloud and server are the same
  • Keeping data on-premises is safer than in the cloud
  • Managing on-premise applications is cheaper than cloud
  • Big enterprises aren’t using the cloud
  • The production migration requires the most work
  • Organizations don’t need to cleanup before moving to the cloud
  • Apps aren’t available in the cloud
  • Apps don’t migrate to the cloud
  • Migration isn’t flexible enough to suit my organization’s needs
  • Cloud migration is too much for my organization to handle

10 common migration myths (and the real facts)

Myth #1: Cloud and server are one and the same

Wrong. Atlassian’s cloud products offer the same benefits as our server products, but there are differences in features, functionality and user experience (both for administrators and end users). When considering a migration, it is important to compare platform differences and learn about the specific features of each cloud product.

The best way to learn about these features is to explore the cloud and try them for yourself.

Myth #2: Keeping data on-premises is safer than in the cloud

Rarely. This is called the fallacy “it’s safe because I can see it” – accessing your hardware directly may feel like greater control, but in reality it can create a single point of failure for the entire system.

But with Atlassian’s cloud products, you get enterprise-level security, encryption and data protection right out of the box. The cloud products exceed industry compliance and data protection standards, and data is protected with encryption in transit and at rest.

Myth #3: Managing on-premise applications is cheaper than cloud

Not if you include hidden costs. Total cost of ownership is often lower in the cloud than on-premise because on-premise deployments have many hidden costs, including maintenance, upgrades, and planned and unplanned downtime.

In order to make the transition as seamless as possible, Atlassian also offers various cost-saving offers for existing customers.  These include discounts for unused server maintenance after migration, loyalty pricing for enterprise customers and discounted pricing for academic and community institutions, as well as the free extended cloud trial licenses mentioned earlier.

Myth #4: Big enterprises aren’t using the cloud

Wrong. In fact, 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies have an Atlassian cloud license, and more than 90 percent of new customers choose the cloud first.

Atlassian’s server and data center customers are migrating to the cloud in greater numbers than ever before, taking advantage of recently announced premium and enterprise plans to get exactly the features and support they need at their scale.

Myth #5: The production migration requires the most work

No. During production migration a lot of attention is paid to planning, preparation and testing, which have the greatest influence on the success of migration.

Most of the work takes place before the migration, during the preparation of the move and after the migration, as both users and administrators get used to the new system. Below is only an example, but you will find that the actual “migration” does not take place until you have almost completed the process.

Myth #6: Organizations don’t need to cleanup before moving to the cloud

Untrue. A “spring clean” is extremely important.

Some organizations view pre-migration cleanup as “nice to have,” rather than essential. But before a cloud migration, it’s important to organize your self-managed instance, including taking the time to remove/consolidate outdated projects, workflows, and users.

Making time for cleanup has three main benefits:

  1. It makes the migration faster and smoother, reducing the risk of extended downtime.
  2. Once the migration is complete, performance is also often improved thanks to less data and bloat.
  3. Performing a cleanup can help you standardize common workflows and issue types, increasing transparency and collaboration between teams.

Myth #7: Apps aren’t available in cloud

Nonsense! There are more than 1,000 apps and integrations available today in cloud, and app developers are building more all the time.

The Atlassian Marketplace has added more than 250 cloud apps and integrations in the last 12 months alone. Almost all of our most popular server apps now have cloud versions, such as Insight Asset Management, Jira Workflow Toolbox, JSU Automation for Jira, Structure, and ConfiForms.

Myth #8: Apps don’t migrate to the cloud

It gets better. Many applications are already migrating data between platforms, and Atlassian will continue to increase its investment in application migration over the next 12 months.

More than 60 percent of customers use applications from Atlassian Marketplace, and the number is even higher for server customers. For this reason, the Migration Team works directly with vendors and partners in the Marketplace to simplify the evaluation and migration of applications.

Myth #9: Migration isn’t flexible enough to suit my organization’s needs

False. Atlassian has developed flexible migration tools that enable you to move to the cloud at your own pace, migrate in stages, or use a hybrid approach.

Free tools that help customers migrate include:

  • Extended cloud trials, which let you evaluate cloud products over time without paying for a separate license or disrupting your teams.
  • The Jira Cloud Migration Assistant, which enables project-by-project migrations from server to cloud.
  • The Confluence Cloud Migration Assistant, which lets you migrate users, groups, spaces, and attachments over time.

Myth #10: Cloud migration is too much for my organization to handle

Not true.  Atlassian can help your organization with every step of the migration.

Support includes a dedicated migration support team, weekend support, extended support for large migrations and complex cases to help you find the right partner.

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