It can provide the scalability needed to support a growing business on a pay-as-you-go basis, without the need to install, run and maintain additional infrastructure.

Public cloud also can be ideal for customer-facing situations where users need to connect from different parts of the world with different levels of connectivity, and it’s a good match for short-term workloads such as testing as well as long-term disaster recovery.

It doesn’t explain why, according to an IDC survey, 80% of enterprise IT managers reported repatriating workloads from public cloud environments over the prior year.

Many businesses are now rethinking their approach to how they handle their data and choosing to consolidate at least some of their data and bring it ‘back home.’

The IDC survey identified security, performance and cost as the top three concerns of IT managers driving repatriation:

Security – While public clouds aren’t inherently insecure, the risks are primarily related to control.

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