Atlassian Backs AWS in Its Data Center Editions

Atlassian Backs AWS in Its Data Center Editions

Two core products of Atlassian software company, JIRA Software, and BitBucket now have native support for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Atlassian announced the changes last week at its annual Atlassian Summit user conference, San Jose, Calif. The company also stated that it plans to provide similar support for other Data Center editions.
Atlassian, a Sydney-based company, introduced the Data Center deployment option in 2012 to offer high availability and instant scaling to customers who host Atlassian’s primary applications within their own datacenters. Confluence Data Center and JIRA Service Desk Data Center are also included in the Data Center editions. The company also announced the beta release for the Data Center edition of HipChat’s messaging service.
The company bought HipChat in 2012, and released HipChat Server three year later. HipChat Server can be deployed on one node. However, the Data Center edition can be deployed across multiple nodes and can host teams of more than 5,000 users.
Atlassian also announced support SAML 2.0 for secure single-sign-on (SSO), across all Data Center editions. Deatsch explained that administrators will be able choose a provider of the XML based, open-standard data format to manage user authorization. The company currently supports several ID management providers, such as Okta and OneLogin, Azure Active Directory, Bitium, PingOne, Bitium, and Azure.
Both companies will provide Quick Start guides powered with AWS CloudFormation templates to the Data Center edition Atlassian applications. The guides can be used by customers to deploy a Data Center cluster including load balancers and databases. These guides provide configuration steps and best practices to use AWS instant provisioning and auto-scaling.
Cameron Deatsch, Head Marketing in Atlassian’s Server Group, stated that “more and more organizations are turning towards infrastructure service providers for an affordable and flexible alternative to hosting traditional servers.” In a blog post. “In fact, the percentage Atlassian instances in production using AWS has doubled over the past three years.”
Atlassian also announced a new capability in JIRA Software Data Center: rolling updates with zero downtime.
The collaboration tools provider is most well-known for its JIRA issue tracker and project management software. The company split the open-source project into three separate products last year: JIRA Software for Agile development teams; JIRA Service Desk for IT service teams; and JIRA Core, which provides business management software. BitBucket, a distributed version control system that uses Git, is an open source project. Confluence is the company’s team collaboration platform.