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What are the reasons to migrate to cloud from my On-premises Redmine?

In last few months we notice an increasing number of Enterprises migrating from an outdated Redmine on-premise to the cloud. We asked CTO’s and CIO’s who recently transitioned to the Cloud about the reasons and benefits of transition.

Reason 1. To future-proof the system by solving Redmine updates problem

With a major release at least once a year and few minor along the way, it requires resources assignment to keep your Redmine and installed plugins up-to-date. Depending on the developer it can be up to 2-3 events per quarter. 

Reason 2. To gain faster Redmine also from mobile

Another reason is the need of mobility and accessibility. The benefit of Redmine instanced hosted in the cloud is that they all use a responsive layout and can though be accessed on the go – on a business trip, or in commute. And can be easily connected with mobile apps. Thanks to this, the communication within the teams improve and team leaders have better visibility on the project progress.

Reason 3. To improve Redmine security and backup

An arguably the most engaging point in discussion with every CTO is which way of hosting Redmine is better – in-house or cloud-hosted. But as the saying goes, the shoemaker's son always goes barefoot also applies to IT teams. The audits and investments in the security of internal systems are often on the list of things to to, but are being pushed down when projects are in development phase. 

Take a look at our Security Statement for more detailed information about SLA. 

Reason 4. To choose cost-effective solution

If your business can have an all-in-one ready-to-use instance for the costs of 1h of the DevOps or admin, what sense make to go through all Redmine installation and maintenance by themselves? It’s a no-brainer.

The fact that is Redmine is available for free and won't cost you to own it is tempting at first. But consider the Total Costs of Ownership. For a self-hosted Redmine, your organisation would need to cover the costs of hardware (server and supporting infrastructure, internet, electricity, etc.) and labor. And the costs of labor grows as the business grows and requires more attention to support and maintain the system and acting as an administrator. 

Reason 5. To access support and dedicated account manager

Despite the commercial solutions Redmine doesn't have a 24/7/365 open support channel.

In the case of roadblock, error, or uncertainty, you have to count on help from your devops, development team or Redmine community. If you can afford to wait for a response, that’s often enough. But when downtime occurs and you're blocked in work for your clients, it's getting problematic.

Reason 6. To build independent and flexible IT infrastructure 

By choosing Redmine in a SaaS model has one more advantage over in-house hosting or dedicated software solution. It is flexibility and independence. Your data can be exported and imported to a new provider if the current one doesn't support your business goals enough.

Reason 7. To get ready to use Redmine without deployment

The last common mentioned reason is that cloud-based services can be deployed within just an hour or a few business days rather than weeks or months it can take to plan strategically, get approval, buy, and implement internal IT infrastructure with internal personnel.