There s been lots of talk about the cloud taking over on-premise servers in recent years, as companies move their data online instead of storing it on their own hardware servers.

That may be the clear long-term trend, but the cloud doesn t seem to be the answer for every company — at least for now.

According to a Chief Information Officer CIO survey by financial firm Pacific Crest, 62% of the respondents said they returned to on-premise servers, after trying things on the cloud.

Pacific Crest calls this a boomerang effect, in which companies realise the cloud isn t a good fit yet and bring back their workloads to traditional on-premise data centres.

Surprisingly, 62% have brought workloads back from the cloud, supporting the idea that cloud doesn t work for everything and there is a need for on-premise, the report says.

As seen in the chart above, the need for on-premise is more apparent among tech companies and large enterprises.

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