Is anyone else second guessing moving everything to cloud because of costs?  Who else is reconsidering planned cloud migrations OR considering rolling back  workloads into your own infrastructure?

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Director of IT in Government, 10,001+ employees
Not second guessing, but on the precipice of ten active years enabling more capability in the cloud while deprecating the remaining OnPrem capabilities.

I agree to being sensitive to a future new capability for mission enablement that emerges and can can only be engineered at edge, onprem, or out of cloud. My guess is that a regional or entire provider event related to Security will trigger a migration back to onprem or wider resources being spent in thus topic. That said the tea leafs of observed events, recoveries, and increasing depth of expertise do not support a near event that would trigger that risk. I could no longer maintain onprem the depth of expertise and velocity of change without I expect much more personnel resources. Combine with with flavors of hybrid and worldwide locations only further presses that challenge.

In the interim we continue to find resources or better understand our needs in terms of contracts to meet the increasing cloud costs. We work to integrate access cloud capabilities towards improving the tool chain and capabilities. The trend continues with more centralizations, more integration, and more time analyzing alternatives. Few cognitive resources are spent trying to resist or rollback. The velocity and fervor of new capability adoption that comes with cloud hijacks any chance of developing or supporting a migration back to data centers onsite.
Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Not second guessing but early migration showed cost controls are just as important as good engineering of the environment.  Our early migrations were significantly over provisioned, and cost way more than planned and even more than internally hosted.  We didn't spend enough time educating our engineers on COSTS, which in big companies are sometimes significantly more important that application performance.   I recommend you scale your environments smaller to begin with, and if performance isn't satisfactory then increase capacity, but look at the budget and costs associated to do so closely.
CIO / Managing Partner in Manufacturing, 2 - 10 employees
Like anything, make a decision based on value and business case, not because everyone else is doing it.

Somethings may be better on prem, others on the cloud.

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