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What's the Diff? Atlassian Server/DC vs Cloud Applications

Mar 10, 2020, 11:00 PM – Mar 11, 2020, 1:00 AM

Atlassian Cloud applications came out as "OnDemand" back in 2011, and the are closing the gap in functionality between the Server/Data Center apps. Parity is not yet there, but there is a lot of development activity to get them closer and perhaps nudge more Server/DC customers to the cloud. What are the differences? Here one experts view on the topic and where he thinks it's headed. Q&A after!


About this event

Atlassian's flagship products Jira and Confluence have been around for a while, and they have seen a lot of changes through the years. 

When I started using Confluence in 2009, it was version 2.10 of Server , still using wiki markup back then alongside a modest rich text editor. It wasn't until 2011 that Atlassian went all in with rich text, explaining in this blogpost about the introduction of Confluence version 4.0 why they did it (to be more inclusive of all parts of the organization):     

In the fall of that same year, a huge announcement that shook the Atlassian world: 

Atlassian announced Jira, Confluence and Greenhopper OnDemand (in 2014, the OnDemand label was changed to Cloud).  See the 2011 blog post.

So why am I telling you all of this?  

Because it's just an indication - many more examples that could be shared - of how Atlassian keeps evolving its tools and offerings.  And ever since there has been an ongoing debate within orgs of which flavor of one's favorite Atlassian app should one use. And if one started with one flavor, say server, when/if should we move to the other? What are the pros and cons? What strategies do I consider short and long-term. And if I'm on server, will we at some point be pushed and shoved to move to Data Center or Cloud?

All of these questions and more, are why I'm very excited about this meeting's presentation which will cover the following topics:

Difference Between Cloud and Server/DC
  • Main UI Differences (both Confluence and Jira)
  • JIra Issue View Screen
  • Next Gen Projects
  • User Management and Cloud User Roles
  • Strategies on moving from Cloud to Server (or vice versa)
  • Market Apps impact between cloud and server (including the new Forge app dev tool) 

Your presenter is Expium's Steve Terelmes, who will present and have a Q&A afterwards.  

And we are holding this at a new location, the soon-to-be new headquarters of local Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner, Expium. It's located in the middle of the Manchester east/west road split, west of 270 in the Drury Hotels Company LLC office building.   There is ample and adjacent parking since the office closes at 5.  The address (also listed below) is:
13075 Manchester Road
Des Peres, MO 63131

Join us!  You'll be glad you did. 

And for those who went to our February meeting, the addition of chicken wings to our regular pizza fare was a hit, so we will plan to do that again, along with the usual assortment of beverages, and swag!

Links and Notes


  • Steve Terelmes



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Community Leader

  • Tom Crespi


    Atlassian User Group Leader

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