Server Solutions Going Extinct?
Since Atlassian, an important player in the project management market, has announced the end of Jira Server solution (with the process commencing in 2021), we all ask ourselves “Is this the beginning of the end of Server Solutions?”
Perhaps we should first clarify a few terms, such as “Server” and “Cloud”.
The Server solution is designed for your own server (you host the software). By purchasing this solution you obtain installable software + the source code.
The Cloud solution is hosted on servers of the provider, such as Easy Software or Atlassian, in various locations. By purchasing this solution, you obtain the right to use the software in the cloud for a defined period of time.
Here are 3 reasons why we think server solutions might be slowly disappearing, but also 3 reasons why they might stay with us a bit longer.
Server solutions to stay because:
- Known and widely used solution
Server solutions have been around for a while, and many clients got used to them over the past years. Since changes can be uncomfortable, as human beings we prefer to stick to what we are familiar with, rather than opting-in for something new.
- Better security and control
Handling sensitive information is a daily business of many big companies. Therefore, they have certain data protection guidelines to follow. Under such circumstances, they have to stick to a server solution, and switching to Cloud is not an option for them at all.
- Easy upkeeps for big companies
Unlike small and medium-sized businesses, big companies or corporations usually have a dedicated IT team of technicians. Such a team can easily operate and maintain servers and perform updates. If the team is in place, there is no need to involve any external workers, and therefore it brings no extra cost to the company budget.