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Radware 2024 Predictions: A shift in cloud computing strategies will spur on-prem migrations


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A shift in cloud computing strategies will spur on-prem migrations

By Prakash Sinha, Senior Director & Technology Evangelist, Application Security & Delivery at Radware

A notable shift is underway in the world of cloud computing. While the rapid adoption of cloud services has undeniably revolutionized the way organizations manage their workloads, a counter movement is gaining momentum: companies are beginning to move certain cloud workloads back on premise.

According to Radware's recent Application Security in a Multi-Cloud World report, approximately three quarters (73%) of organizations not only still use on-prem environments but expect to increase their usage in the next 12 months. There are several factors motivating companies to revisit their cloud strategies for 2024:

  • Cost management: The pay-as-you-go model of the cloud, while efficient for variable workloads, has left some companies dealing with unexpected expenses when usage spiked. Look for companies to re-evaluate their costs and make long-term investments in on-prem infrastructures for predictable workloads.
  • Performance and latency: Certain applications that demand low-latency responses and intense computational power can face performance limitations in cloud environments. That's why next year some companies will be reconsidering on-premise setups for more consistent performance and responsiveness.
  • Data sovereignty and security: Industries required to comply with strict data sovereignty laws must ensure that sensitive data is stored and processed within specific geographic locations. To regain control over their data and ability to meet regulations, look for companies to migrate certain workloads from cloud to on-prem solutions.
  • Complexity and vendor lock-in: Many companies have growing concerns about vendor lock-in and the difficulties migrating between cloud providers as well as managing the security across multiple cloud platforms. To address these challenges, companies are re-thinking their cloud-first strategies.
  • Changing business priorities: Changes in strategic priorities are finding some workloads are better suited to an on-prem environment. This could be driven by a need for more control or certain performance requirements. Either way, expect to see companies revisit their cloud computing plans in 2024.
  • Resource optimization: Stable workloads may not fully utilize the cloud's elasticity. This is leading companies to decide that on-premise hardware is better optimized for resource utilization and cost savings.

The migration of workloads to the cloud has certainly transformed business operations, offering unprecedented flexibility, scalability, and innovation. However, in 2024 don't be surprised when certain workloads start to move back on premise. Organizations are re-evaluating business goals, regulatory constraints, and cost considerations to determine their ideal deployment strategy. Whether in the cloud or on premise, the key to the future will be to strike the right balance.




Prakash Sinha is Senior Director & Technology Evangelist, Application Security & Delivery for Radware and brings over 30 years of experience in strategy, product management, product marketing and engineering. Prakash has been a part of executive teams of four software and network infrastructure startups, all of which were acquired. Before Radware, Prakash led product management for Citrix NetScaler and was instrumental in introducing multi-tenant and virtualized NetScaler product lines to market. Prior to Citrix, Prakash held leadership positions in architecture, engineering, and product management at leading technology companies such as Cisco, Informatica, and Tandem Computers. Prakash holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from BIT, Mesra and an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Published Friday, November 24, 2023 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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