Splitting Jira applications – what is it and why is it worth it?


24 May 2019 • 4 min read

    Splitting or the separation of a Jira instance might not sound familiar for you. That’s because it isn’t a very popular method. If a company has a Jira instance, most of the time it will try to make the most of it. The last thing managers will think about is buying another one. However, sometimes one Jira instance might not be enough to meet the demands of the organization. When long-term cooperation is established with a client who wants to supervise everything that is happening in their project, then separation is an option worth considering.

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    If you are looking for a solution that will help you secure your data, separation can also be helpful. Another value of this process is saving resources.

    However, before we present the specific advantages of this solution, let’s think about what it actually means.

    The Jira application separation is the division of one Jira instance into two separate ones. Some processes or/and data can be split between two Jira instances too. This can be accomplished by following the nine steps described here. The process requires the purchase of separate licenses. This solution carries several challenges that may seem problematic at first but ultimately can turn into benefits.

    Advantages of splitting the Jira instance

    The main advantage is the security of your data. Thanks to the separation, you can use one of the instances for direct cooperation with clients. The other can be a closed space where you store important information and only trusted people have access to it. Most often, that will be only your employees

    Another important advantage of this solution is the ability to make one of the separated instances into a place where you can backup your data in the form of a live archive. A live archive means that it offers the possibility of viewing data in its native form, not only being aware that the data is safe ‘somewhere’ on the drive.

    Another advantage is the potentially cheaper licensing costs of the apps. This is a relative saving because you need to take into account the costs of preparation required for splitting your Jira instance. However, it is a good solution if you one of the departments at your company needs expensive apps. Then you can simply assign that particular team a separate Jira instance for their needs with a lower user-tier that will translate into lower costs.

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