There are good reasons for a company to repatriate application workloads from public cloud to on-premises or co-location datacenters. Often, exploring cost savings is a driving factor. Most often, specific use cases with performance, compliance, and security requirements influence migration initiatives.
For companies considering making the move to on-premises or co-location, there are three challenges they should consider before taking the plunge.
1. Your internal capacity
Building out your own cloud-native tech stacks on-premises is a lot more complicated than simply buying hardware and plugging it in.
To arrive at an effective solution — and guarantee you don’t waste your investment — you need to have the internal capacity and knowledge to make it happen. Specifically, you need the capabilities to:
- Design a comprehensive solution that fits your needs and the goals you are trying to achieve.
- Manage integration process to get your tech stack up and running.
- Handle performance tuning, maintenance, and ongoing operations to keep your tech stack humming along effectively.
While open source tools like Kubernetes are a vital piece of cloud-native tech stacks, they also come with a steep learning curve in order to deploy and utilize them correctly.
Because of this, we recommend working with a partner on the design, build, and deployment of your own cloud-native tech stacks, as you’re more likely to find a solution that better fits your needs and have access to ongoing support — usually at less cost to your bottom line.
2. Your speed of innovation
Going with your own cloud-native tech stacks is about more than the right hardware and software. The culture of your organization also plays a big role in your success.
Before you seriously consider investing in your own solution, ask yourself these questions:
- Will your team be able to innovate at the same speed as they would with a public cloud solution?
- Will you have buy-in from everyone in your organization?
- Have you explored all your options when it comes to working with a public cloud provider?
If you’re unsure of the answers to these questions, you should seek the advice of an expert solutions provider to help you explore how you can find efficiencies and boost innovation.
3. Your technical maturity level
Assessing your organization’s level of technical maturity via a process like our own Technical Maturity Framework is probably the most important consideration to explore.
Technically mature companies are proactive rather than reactive when it comes to addressing problems. They are also in a better position to deploy new technology as it arrives.
By assessing your technical maturity, you can:
- Align your technology investments to business objectives
- Find clarity when it comes to competing business priorities
- Cut through the noise of emerging technologies to identify which improvements to make first
- Demonstrate measured progress using qualitative data.
If you’re unsure of your organization’s technical maturity level, download our eBook The Redapt Technical Maturity Framework. You can also learn more about going cloud-native via our latest eBook Migrating Cloud-Native Tech Stacks On-Premises.
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