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The move away from Cloud to On-premise

Exploring the strategic shift from cloud computing to on-premises infrastructure.


In recent years, the cloud computing landscape has witnessed a subtle yet significant shift. Enterprises, big and small, are increasingly embracing cloud repatriation—moving workloads from public cloud environments back to on-premises data centers or private cloud solutions. This trend, once brushed off by some industry observers as a temporary blip, has proven to be both real and persistent, reshaping the way organizations think about their IT strategies.

Understanding Cloud Repatriation

Cloud repatriation refers to the process of transferring digital assets, applications, and services from a public cloud setting to a local data center or private cloud. This move often comes after organizations have migrated to the cloud, only to encounter issues that prompt a reevaluation of their infrastructure choices.

Why is Cloud Repatriation Happening?

Several factors contribute to the growing momentum behind cloud repatriation:

Cost Management: While cloud services offer scalability and reduced upfront costs, they can also introduce unexpected expenses, leading to a phenomenon known as “sticker shock.” Businesses find that on-premise solutions can be more cost-effective in the long run, avoiding the variable costs associated with cloud services. While the cloud offers scalability and flexibility, long-term expenses can be higher than anticipated. Organizations with stable, predictable workloads find that owning and operating their infrastructure can be more cost-effective.

Performance Optimization: Certain applications require low latency or have high throughput needs that are best met within a local data center or a private cloud environment, ensuring optimal performance. On-premise infrastructure allows businesses to tailor their IT environment to their specific needs, optimizing performance and reducing bottlenecks that can occur with cloud-based technology.

Compliance, Data Sovereignty and Control: A significant number of companies are moving back to on-premise solutions due to security concerns. Many feel that on-premise solutions offer more control over their data, thus reducing the risk of data breaches or leaks. With stringent data protection regulations in various jurisdictions, companies are increasingly mindful of where their data resides. Repatriating data can simplify compliance with these regulations while giving direct control over physical infrastructure. This helps those companies in enhancing security measures and offer peace of mind, especially for sensitive or critical workloads.

Cultural and Technical Incompatibilities: Some enterprises find that their organizational culture and technical requirements do not align well with cloud computing paradigms. This can lead to challenges in adapting processes and technologies effectively in a cloud environment.

Regulatory, Compliance, and Privacy Requirements: The complexity of managing regulatory, compliance, and privacy requirements in the cloud can prompt businesses to repatriate data to on-premise solutions where they have more control and visibility.

Business and Financial Structures: The financial model of a business can influence its infrastructure choice. Some businesses may find the CapEx model of on-premise solutions more favorable than the OpEx model associated with cloud services, depending on their financial structure and requirements.

The Impact on IT Strategy

These reasons highlight the nuanced decision-making process behind IT infrastructure management. While the cloud offers flexibility and scalability, the specific needs of a business—ranging from security and compliance to cost and performance—can make on-premise solutions a more suitable choice. This trend towards cloud repatriation does not signify a failure of cloud computing but rather a strategic realignment based on evolving business needs and a move towards a hybrid approach that leverages the strengths of both cloud and on-premise solutions. Organizations are recognizing the value of balancing cloud services with on-premises solutions to create a tailored, cost-effective, and secure IT environment. This trend underscores the importance of flexibility in IT planning and the need for a strategy that accommodates changing business requirements and technological landscapes.

Future Outlook

The phenomenon of cloud repatriation does not signify a move away from cloud computing but rather an evolution in its adoption. The future is likely to see a hybrid model, where cloud services and on-premises infrastructure coexist and complement each other. This balanced approach will enable businesses to leverage the best of both worlds—combining the scalability and innovation of cloud services with the control and efficiency of on-premises solutions.

What can DeltaBlue do for them?

DeltaBlue offers a range of services that could significantly benefit enterprises looking to shift from cloud to on-premise solutions or those aiming for a hybrid approach. This is how DeltaBlue supports their customers in transistion:

  • End-to-End Solutions: DeltaBlue provides comprehensive solutions across the complete spectrum of information technologies. Their vendor-agnostic approach ensures that they can deliver high-performance solutions tailored to the specific needs of each business, whether those needs involve cloud, on-premise, or hybrid infrastructures.

  • Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS): Their platform is designed for speed, collaboration, and control across the entire application lifecycle, supporting the development, deployment, and management of custom business applications. This service could streamline the transition process for businesses moving away from the cloud by enabling them to develop, test, deploy, and scale their applications efficiently, regardless of the underlying infrastructure.

  • Technology and Provider Flexibility: allows enterprises to combine any technology they prefer and work with different cloud providers, ensuring flexibility in deployment and operation. This cross-provider, technology-agnostic approach is particularly useful for businesses looking to maintain some level of cloud integration while maximizing the benefits of on-premise solutions.

  • Data-Driven Optimization: The platform optimizes application code and architecture based on real-time technical insights and user behavior, ensuring that businesses can make informed decisions about their IT infrastructure. This feature is crucial for enterprises seeking to optimize performance and security in a hybrid or on-premise setup.

  • Security and Data Control: emphasizes safe and secure management of user data, offering data segregation and encryption at all levels. For enterprises concerned with security risks associated with the cloud,’s focus on keeping sensitive content under control and secure could be a decisive factor.

  • Collaborative Approach: adopts a collaborative approach to projects, working closely with their clients’ teams to ensure business continuity and adaptability to changes. This could ease the transition for enterprises moving back to on-premise or adopting a hybrid model, ensuring that the shift aligns with their business objectives and continuity requirements.


Cloud repatriation is a testament to the dynamic nature of IT strategy, where adaptation and reevaluation are key to addressing the ever-changing business and technological challenges. As organizations navigate their unique paths through the digital landscape, the flexibility to shift between cloud and on-premises environments will be crucial in harnessing the full potential of IT to drive business success.

In essence, cloud repatriation underscores the importance of a thoughtful, strategic approach to cloud adoption—one that continuously assesses and aligns with an organization’s evolving needs, priorities, and objectives.

DeltaBlue’s offerings are well-suited for enterprises looking to navigate the complexities of cloud repatriation, offering the tools and expertise necessary to ensure a smooth transition while optimizing performance, security,

Bram Pieters

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