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Cloud Repatriation: A Revolving Door that Helps Re-Balance Business Requirements

By Dick Weisinger

Cloud repatriation is the shift of data from public cloud computing facilities to on-premise computers or a private cloud. Many see the trend to move all enterprise workloads to the cloud as inevitable, but just how long that will take, and if it will ever totally happen, is not clear. During COVID there was a particularly rapid move to the cloud, but some of those changes might have been premature or temporary. As a result, there has been a rebalancing of workloads between public cloud, private cloud, and on-premise.

The past few years have seen a flip in priorities at many companies. During COVID, innovation and remote access and collaboration drove many budgets. In the current uncertain economic environment, businesses are now worried more about saving operating costs. As a result, all aspects of budgets are being reviewed to evaluate which projects have enabled efficiencies and how well those projects have reduced costs and enabled reasonable ROI.

For example, some businesses in their enthusiasm for jumping into the cloud just shifted existing applications onto cloud servers. Those applications might not have been designed to be used within the cloud and end up having issues scaling or using resources efficiently.

Sriram Subramanian, IDC analyst, told CIO that moving apps from the public cloud “does not mean that the cloud is expensive. It means that [some companies] haven’t leveraged the best migration path for that workload.”

Erfan Dana, a business analyst at Datacom, said that “most organizations no longer look for a single all-encompassing solution to their IT needs, but rather an IT estate that accommodates the cost, performance, and governance requirements of different workloads… Some organizations are opting for on-premises/private cloud environments for good reasons – some of which are about public cloud, while others have more to do with organization/governance issues and availability of cloud expertise/skill. The movement of applications, workloads, and data between environments will not be a one-time event; it will become a standard IT practice. It’s a revolving door, not a boomerang.”

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