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Cloud Computing: Data in the Cloud may not be there Forever

By Dick Weisinger

The future may be the cloud, but there will be bumps on the way to the final destination. One of those bumps is something being called cloud repatriation, or the moving data from the cloud back to an on-premise location or moving from public clouds to private ones.

A survey by 451 Research found that 20 percent of companies that had data in the public cloud later decided to move it elsewhere. Top reasons to leave are security, performance and cost.

From: 451 Research: The Trouble with Cloud Repatriation

A similar report by IDC found even higher numbers of companies moving data out of the cloud.

From IDC: Multi-Cloud Strategy in Digital Era

Shridar Subramanian, Vice President of Global Product Management and Marketing at StorageCraft, said that “some organizations soon figured out that the cloud is not only more expensive than they thought, it is also hard to access in a timely fashion when they need specific data, due to the cloud’s inherent latency.”

But is it a bad thing that data and applications can be moved back and forth between platforms? That flexibility may be good.Dave Cope, senior director of market development for Cisco’s CloudCenter, said that “there’s an ability to place workloads where they best reside based on business priorities, not IT constraints. We’re starting to get this natural distribution of workloads across existing and new environments … where they make the most sense.”

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