Atlassian Summit 2019 Day One Wrap-Up

by Dave Theodore

I’m here at Atlassian Summit 2019, which is bigger and better than ever. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas is a great venue—much more spacious than where the event has been held in San Jose in the past—and the mood is upbeat.

As is always the case at Summit, Atlassian used yesterday’s keynote to let us know what’s coming down the pike. Here’s a summary of what’s “coming soon”…

New cloud offering: Cloud Premium

One of yesterday’s biggest announcements was that Atlassian will be rolling out a new cloud offering designed more for the enterprise. Cloud Premium will come with a 99.9% uptime service level agreement, unlimited data storage and Premier Support. While the goal is that Cloud Premium will eventually also include unlimited users, Atlassian implied that the initial offering will include approximately 10,000 users.

Cloud Premium is also expected to include some unique features. A “Super Admin” mode will give administrators more power than they have now. Advanced road maps will make it easier for product managers to design their release schedules. And built-in analytics on page and space usage will enable administrators to easily see which content is being used and which is not.

New cloud migration tool 

As anyone who has migrated an Atlassian application from on-prem to the cloud knows, the current migration process is quite complex. Atlassian has evidently heard the grumbling, as they’re working on a new migration tool that will simplify things.

Lots of announcements around Data Center

Atlassian is also planning a number of developments that pertain to Data Center, their self-hosted high-availability, high-scalability environment. These developments include:

  • Enhancements for cloud services – New automation for deployment of Data Center on AWS and Azure, plus simpler templates that will make more use of native cloud features.
  • High availability support for AWS Aurora – This is good news for those who want to make use of this highly-available database instead of RDS, which is the database that Atlassian currently supports for AWS.
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) support – This will speed things up for the end user by allowing you to cache all of the content that does not change, such as images and parts of the interface. This way when users access content the only thing the application will have to produce is the content itself. Notably, Atlassian is claiming that 80% of Jira’s page content can most likely be cached. In testing they’re seeing 30% faster page loads with Jira, and 25% faster page loads with Confluence.
  • Rate limiting APIs – This one is a pretty big deal, as it will provide protection against abuse or denial of service attacks in the REST API. Once this rolls out you’ll be able to put a limit on how many connections a user can make per minute (or something along those lines) in Jira, Jira Service Desk and Bitbucket.
  • Automatic HTTP/2 support – This is another performance enhancement. Atlassian is seeing up to 20% performance improvement with this on browsers that support HTTP/2.
  • Single location for permissions & licenses in Crowd – This feature will allow you to log in to Crowd Data Center and see all of your Jira, Jira Service Desk, Bitbucket and Confluence permissions and licenses in one place. No more logging into each individual Atlassian product to access this data.

AgileCraft rebranded as Jira Align

Last month Atlassian acquired AgileCraft, which provides an executive-level reporting view on what your Agile and software development teams are doing. Yesterday Atlassian announced that this product is being rebranded as Jira Align. Same cloud product, new name.

Coyote Creek’s “magic-themed” booth has been a hit

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Coyote Creek’s booth. Our Atlassian Magicians have been wowing the crowd with mind-bending tricks, the professional magician has been a lot of fun, and everyone loves the cool swag. If you’re here at Summit and have not yet seen our booth, please stop by booth #315 and check it out.

The live magician at our booth was a big hit!