For some business owners, it makes more sense to retain traditional operations rather than migrate everything to the cloud. Not everyone takes advantage of the same benefits in the same way, if at all, especially when it comes to maintaining compliance with established internal security protocols and the handling of permissions. This is also why many IT professionals and business owners were wary about cloud migrations when the technology was in its infancy, but this has primarily shifted. Such systems are widely adopted since maturing.
However, what about reverse cloud migrations? Is such a move worth it in terms of cost and resource allocation? Let’s explore in further detail.
Cost vs. Control: Deciding What’s Worth it for Your Business
Most businesses are debating whether to “cloud or uncloud” due to the expenditure considerations tied to each. While cloud migrations enable the use of external data centres, which helps to drive down in-house, IT costs with less internal equipment required, not every company is making the switch. A study on the subject indicates only a fraction of enterprises are doing so, still preferring to keep data provisioning and other sensitive processes internal. With as much as 80 percent of workloads remaining onsite, there is still a clear demand for in-house data management and process handling without using an externally managed tool.
The primary reasons why reverse migrations are better suited to some operations are security concerns and maintaining total control. While no cloud-based alternative can match the lock-and-key style of keeping your data internal, these solutions are designed with simplicity and smoother user experiences in mind. Furthermore, developers don’t have state-of-the-art security features and firewalls baked into the platforms. If you’re struggling to keep employees in the loop, share data, manage permissions efficiently or otherwise, streamlined cloud integration might be an ideal solution for some of your tasks. In that sense, it’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons of cloud versus unclouding, as core dependencies and risk elements will vary depending on the application of your business, how sensitive your data is, among other factors.
There’s a common misconception that “everything” will migrate to the cloud in due course. Still, such a move would drastically violate corporate privacy policies put in place to protect intellectual properties, employee data, sensitive accounts information and otherwise. A recent cloud data security report by Netwrix backs this point in spades; 48% of organizations using the cloud to store sensitive data may still consider reverse migrating back to an on-premises alternative.
Different workloads are suited to different solutions, so while it’s essential to bear in mind that cloud migrations are a superior choice for some operations, others are just as capably managed in-house. For instance, consider the following list of reasons why a company might be more comfortable with unclouding:
- Security concerns, especially with personal information and finances
- Integration issues with necessary local applications and other technical hiccups
- Staff unfamiliar with how to efficiently and securely manage a multi-cloud or on-premise network
So, What are the Arguments for Cloud?
It might sound as if we’re bashing cloud integration, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. With the right platform, professionally managed and operated proactively in terms of what data is shared, it can be a highly resilient solution for many aspects of modern business operations. This is especially true when it comes to recovering from a disaster that, if everything were handled in-house, could otherwise result in tremendous data loss or compromised security. Then, there’s the consideration that internal data centres eat into the corporate budget and take up physical space. For these reasons, many companies seek a more simplified, elegant alternative with minimal hassle.
The debate of “to cloud or uncloud, that is the question” boils down to three key components: integration, efficiency, and proactive application. Comparing premise impacts for both scenarios in terms of spend allocation and risk management is therefore critical. In other words, do your homework, plan, run those figures, and we’re sure you can paint a clearer picture of the ideal solution for your specific operations.
If you’re struggling to determine whether clouding or unclouding is appropriate for your needs, we at Zycom are happy to help. Contact our experienced technical team today to learn more about our security-focused managed and cloud services.