A Guide to Successful Cloud Repatriation Implementation

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Technology underpins business success—usually. So for businesses that have previously migrated to the cloud, cloud repatriation may seem like a step backward. However, bringing back some or all of your IT infrastructure to on-premise solutions might be the right solution to your cloud challenges. 

Here’s a guide to help you successfully implement cloud repatriation.

What Is Cloud Repatriation?

Cloud repatriation, or cloud exit, brings back workloads and data from the cloud to on-premise systems. It includes moving all or a portion of your IT infrastructure, applications, and data.

Cloud challenges like cost, performance, security, and compliance concerns can drive the decision to move back on-premises—and while it may seem counterintuitive, repatriation can offer greater control and cost savings in the long run.

Factors to Consider Before Taking Your Data Off the Cloud

There are various reasons why businesses might consider repatriation, but not every business will benefit from it. Before making the decision and facing difficult cloud challenges, here are some factors to consider:

  • Cost: Repatriation can be a cost-saving move, but it also involves upfront costs for hardware and software. Consider the long-term return on investment.
  • Infrastructure Requirements: Evaluate your current and future infrastructure needs. Is it necessary to have all resources in the cloud or can some be better managed on-premise?
  • Compatibility and Integration: Consider the compatibility of your cloud services with on-premise solutions. Will there be any issues with integrating the two?
  • Security and Compliance: Assess the level of security and compliance that your business requires. Can it be better achieved with on-premise solutions?
  • Network Infrastructure for Repatriated Workloads: Ensure your network infrastructure can support the repatriated workloads and provide the necessary connectivity.

The 5 Steps of Strategic Implementation

Once you’ve decided on cloud repatriation, it’s important to have a strategic implementation plan in place. Here are the five key steps to ensure a successful transition:

1. Assess Your Cloud Challenges and Environment

First, review your current cloud environment to determine which workloads and data should be repatriated. Consider the factors mentioned above, such as cost, performance, and security.

2. Develop a Repatriation Strategy

Based on your assessment, develop a strategy for repatriation that includes timelines, cost estimates, and resource allocation. Ensure your strategy aligns with your business goals.

One possible strategy to move data back in-house is a phased approach. If your business can handle a period of hybrid infrastructure, a phased approach can significantly reduce risk and disruption.

3. Perform Data Migration and Transfer 

Once a strategy is in place, it’s time to move your data from the cloud to your on-premise systems. This critical step must be carefully planned and executed to avoid data loss or cloud challenges. Consider your network infrastructure and data type before selecting migration tools. You also need to ensure data security and integrity during the transfer.

To fully prepare for data migration, prepare your business for the potential challenges like the following:

  • Limited Network Bandwidth: Invest in a dedicated data migration solution that offers data compression and optimization techniques. 
  • Data Integrity and Security Concerns: Implement encryption and secure transmission protocols to ensure data security during migration.
  • Downtime and Service Interruptions: Minimize downtime and service interruptions by scheduling migration during off-peak hours.

4. Complete Testing and Validation Procedures

Once the data transfer is complete and you’ve gotten through the worst of the cloud challenges, it’s essential to test and validate the integrity of your data. This step ensures all migrated workloads and applications function correctly before decommissioning cloud resources.

5. Continuously Optimize and Monitor Your Infrastructure

After repatriation, continuously monitor and optimize your infrastructure to ensure it meets your business needs. Perform regular testing for security, performance, and compliance.

How to Choose Between a Hybrid Approach and a Full Migration

Repatriation doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach. A hybrid cloud approach provides the best of both worlds, where some workloads and data remain in the cloud while others are brought back on-premise. However, if your business goals and requirements lean towards greater control and cost savings, the better option is a full migration.

Move Your Data Successfully with adrytech

If you’re considering repatriation but are unsure if it’s the right move for your business, adrytech can help. Our team of experts will assess your current cloud environment and provide a tailored strategy for successful cloud repatriation implementation. Contact us today to learn more!