Server vs. Data Center: Which Atlassian Option is Right for You?

Posted on 07.23.2021
Written by Blanca Vazquez
Server vs. Data center: What's the difference | Whitepaper

What’s inside:

  • Principal differences between Atlassian Server and Data Center.
  • Main group of benefits with Data Center.

If you have a Jira implementation—either Jira Software or Jira Service Management—you’ll need a license for either Server or Data Center. But what are the differences? Which is right for your business? Data Center offers the same functionality as Server, but with even more features and capabilities to better serve enterprises.

Simply put, Data Center is built for enterprises. High performance and availability, scalability, seamless user management, flexible deployment options, and solid security are just some of the ways in which Data Center meets the needs of organizations operating at scale. And, as of February 2021, apps like Team Calendars for Confluence and Advanced Roadmaps for Jira that were once add-ons will now be included in Data Center products.

While Data Center has several features, there are three main groups of benefits for your organization to enable you to deliver products quickly, reliably, and at scale:

  1. Agile & DevOps
  2. IT Service Management (ITSM)
  3. Work Management

As an enterprise, you’re likely dealing with large, complex, growing, and/or geographically distributed teams. And if those teams need Atlassian products to get their work done, any performance or availability issues can mean a huge loss in productivity. All Data Center products have features that help improve performance. In Jira Software and Jira Service Desk, you can archive both projects and issues to clear up space, clean up your instance, and make your products more performant.

To better understand the differences between Server and Data Center, take a look at the Data Center roadmap to learn about all the additional features that are currently available or coming soon. Still not sure? Reach our to our experts and they’ll be happy to help.

Updated: Please note that Atlassian Server reached its End of Life (EOL) on February 15, 2024 and is no longer supported.

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