While cloud is one of today’s biggest enterprise technology trends, many organizations find these migrations don’t deliver the savings, flexibility, and collaboration that were implemented to create. Thus, a new trend has been born – cloud data repatriation.

What is Cloud Data Repatriation?

This term sounds complicated, but in reality it’s a three-word definition that describes the move some are making to reclaim core data and business applications. In the face of increasingly stricter data privacy regulations like GDPR and CCPA, businesses are finding value in returning sensitive cloud data back to on-premise data centers.

In fact, IDC reports that 80% of enterprises have already began this secondary migration toward repatriated workloads in 2018 – and that the average company will return half of public cloud applications to hosted locations over the next two years.

But why?

Failure to Live Up to the Hype

For all its business benefits, cloud technology is not exactly as cost-efficient, scalable, or secure as it was originally believed to be. While it does provide greater overall flexibility, cloud data management and storage can be costly to use – and slow to move when unstructured information needs to be communicated between data centers (especially on the network edge that’s powering so many of today’s advanced devices).

When cloud came to prominence, we lived in a different world than we do today. Innovations like the Internet of Things (IoT) are generating more and more data by the day, and offsite cloud data storage centers make access to this information tricky – and potentially dangerous. Because of its inherent latency, accessing specific data sets is growing increasingly impossible to perform in an efficient manner.

However, the cloud data repatriation trend doesn’t entirely solve your challenges. There’s still the elephant in the room of how to protect this critical information…

Protecting Your Cloud Data

With the emergence of hybrid storage solutions, you need a one-size-fits-all security approach that safeguards data no matter where it resides, how it’s used, or when it’s needed. And, because the average organization sees its information set double every year, it also needs to be scalable to grow as your business needs evolve.

Help in the form of analytics is also becoming essential to inform your decision-makers which pieces are valuable – and, just as importantly, which ones aren’t. That way, you can make better decisions of which data sets to store offsite and on-premise, giving your team access to the information they need to perform their daily roles.

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