It is a raging debate. The business world is divided on this. Cloud computing has, no doubt, created powerful value propositions for global enterprises. Cloud-hosted digital environments offer unmatched scalability, flexibility, and cost efficiencies to future-facing organisations. However, despite its numerous benefits, certain difficult-to-ignore challenges have also emerged along the way. This has prompted many companies to explore cloud repatriation strategies to optimise their business operations. But what is cloud repatriation? And, what makes it worth our while?
Simply put, repatriation is the process of moving data and applications from a public cloud back to an organisation’s on-premises data centre, private cloud, or to its hosting service provider. But it is not a simple process. Given that the ultimate objective is to identify and implement the most optimised architecture that effectively supports our business needs and objectives, it just may work better for some businesses, in some instances.
For many enterprises, the bevy of challenges associated with leveraging public cloud may outpace its perceived benefits. Enterprises are clearly concerned about multiple factors associated with cloud usage including their:
In this scenario, cloud repatriation is quickly emerging as a viable business growth strategy. It involves transferring data and applications from a public cloud to an organization’s on-premises data centre, private cloud, or hosting service provider.
Cloud optimisation aims to maximise efficiency and cost-effectiveness in using cloud computing resources. Therefore, repatriation can manifest in different forms like multi-tenanted private cloud, hosted private cloud, and alternative deployment models.
According to a recent IDC study, customers are finding it extremely compelling to run existing as well as modern born-in-the-cloud workloads in a private cloud environment versus running them on public cloud. Responding to this, system vendors are now providing unified management platforms that offer observability, management, and provisioning capabilities. These solutions allow businesses to access the same user experience as public clouds within their dedicated infrastructure. According to the study, by 2024, the proportion of mission-critical applications running on dedicated traditional data centres will see a decline from 30% currently to 28% while modernised versions of these applications running on private cloud will see an increase to 26%.
Modern enterprises may want to keep certain workloads on-premises while migrating others to the cloud without compromising their data. This allows them to harness the advantages of both environments. So, they need to assess their requirements to determine the best approach to cloud optimisation. But repatriation is a complex process. While organisations traverse this journey to optimise their cloud presence, it inevitably leads into rearchitecting of the network infrastructure and revisiting the existing security solution architecture. Hence, importance of a competent partner who can help an organisation navigate the maze at this stage cannot be overstated.
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