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Stu LeesMar 6, 2024 12:11:31 AM3 min read

Atlassian Ends the Life of Jira Server

Atlassian Ended Life of Jira Server - The Implications for Users

On February 15, 2024, Atlassian officially, and quietly, ended the official ‘life’ of its popular Jira Server product, marking a significant shift in its software offering strategy towards a more cloud-centric and data center-focused approach. \\
The post-end-of-life era has begun, leaving behind the legacy of Jira Server and exposing new challenges and opportunities for its former users. Here’s quick look at what the end of life signifies and the ramifications for the customer base that once depended on this pivotal software solution.

Atlassian Jira Fairwell to Server Webinar

Atlassian recently held a Farewell to Server webinar which is a super insightful session for managers and Jira admins who are still navigating your migration strategy (details at bottom of this blog)

Understanding the term ‘End of Life’

The end of life for Jira Server means that Atlassian has ceased all forms of support for the product. 


This pivotal change has several critical implications for organizations that relied and loved Jira Server for their project management and team collaboration needs:

  • Technical Support Discontinuation: Customers no longer have access to Atlassian's technical support for Jira Server, meaning any issues or glitches that arise will not be addressed by Atlassian's support teams.
  • No More Security Updates: Perhaps the most significant risk post-end-of-life is the cessation of security patches and updates. Without these critical updates, Jira Server installations become increasingly vulnerable to security threats, potentially exposing sensitive data and business operations to risk.
  • Absence of Bug Fixes: Any existing or newly discovered bugs in the Jira Server platform will remain unresolved, which could lead to software malfunctions, decreased productivity, and a compromised user experience.
  • Lack of New Features: Innovation and improvements are a hallmark of Atlassian’s products. However, with the end of life for Jira Server, users miss out on new features and integrations that could enhance efficiency and team collaboration.

The Risks Represented

The discontinuation of support and updates for Jira Server introduces several risks for businesses:

  • Increased Security Vulnerabilities: Without ongoing security patches, businesses using Jira Server expose themselves to potential cybersecurity threats. This exposure could lead to data breaches, unauthorized access, and other security incidents that can have severe implications for business integrity and customer trust.
  • Compliance Challenges: For organizations subject to regulatory compliance regarding data protection and cybersecurity, using an unsupported software version could lead to compliance violations, legal ramifications, and financial penalties.
  • Operational Inefficiencies: Continuing to use Jira Server without access to bug fixes or new features may lead to operational inefficiencies. Businesses might face obstacles in project management workflows, collaboration efforts, and overall productivity due to software limitations and issues.

On February 15, the official end of life date, the popular Jira Life podcast hosted their 24 hour live stream to celebrate and commiserate the end of Jira Server


Navigating the Post-End-of-Life Landscape

For organizations that have not yet transitioned away from Jira Server, the period following its end of life is a critical time to consider alternative solutions. Migrating to Atlassian Cloud or Data Center not only mitigates the risks mentioned above but also offers enhanced features, security, and scalability.

Atlassian has provided extensive resources and guidance to facilitate this transition, acknowledging the challenges and aiming to support their customer base through this significant change. The move to cloud or data center versions represents not just a necessary response to the end of life but an opportunity to leverage more advanced, secure, and efficient tools for project management and team collaboration.

Data Protection and Data Residency in Cloud

Its a common misconception that when you move to a cloud, that everything is now managed for you.  While in a lot of cases such as software updates, disaster recovery and perimeter security - this is definitely not the case when it comes to Jira Data Backups and Jira Data Residency.  Atlassian, like so many other SaaS providers, has clearly indicated that it is the role of the end customer, that's you, to manage your own data backups and to carefully select your data residency options.   A great place to start, is to visit our new Jira Cloud Resources page. 


Reflecting on the Journey Ahead

As we navigate the post-Jira Server era, the implications of its end of life serve as a reminder of the importance of staying aligned with supported and up-to-date software solutions. For businesses, the transition offers a chance to rethink and enhance their project management and collaboration strategies with modern, cloud-based solutions designed to meet today’s digital challenges head-on.


Stu Lees

Stu is the VP of Marketing and Partnerships at Revyz Inc. With a career spanning over 25 years in IT, Stu runs the global marketing and partnership teams for the Revyz business and is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Stu has worked in a wide variety of arenas that include 15 years in senior leadership roles in enterprise IT as well as running his own technology integration company from 2006-2013. Stu is involved as a leader in the Auckland Atlassian ACE group and speaks frequently in webinars on both cyber security and marketing.


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