When (If Ever) is Cloud Repatriation the Right Move?

23 March 2023
15:00 CET
Remote session

With a few notable exceptions, the traffic of workload movement over the past decade has moved firmly one way: from the data centre to the cloud. 

But in 2016, Dropbox surprised the industry by announcing that it was going against this trend by investing over $50m on non-hyperscale data centres. 

And so the recent public announcement by 37Signals has rigorously reignited the debate in this area; reiterating Andreessen Horowitz’s frequently referenced quote: “
You’re crazy if you don’t start in the cloud; you’re crazy if you stay on it.”

Is this the wave of the future, is it already happening, and why will it take off, if at all?

In this event, we try to resolve the paradox that some experts say companies are ‘crazy not to repatriate’ while others say repatriation is the ‘exception, not the rule’.

Who is this talk for?

  • Decision-makers across the C-Suite 
  • Software and enterprise architects
  • Technical team leads


  • Discover the pros, cons and true costs of cloud repatriation
  • Learn what the state of the art in repatriation is
  • Discover whether repatriation is right for your organisation’s needs
  • Meet with other decision-makers trying to determine whether the time has come to bring any workloads back into the data centre

Your Speakers are:

ianIan Miell, has been an engineer for over two decades, and was an early Docker user and advocate, co-writing Docker in Practice for Manning, and giving various talks on it. After spending 14 years writing and maintaining sports betting back-end systems at OpenBet, he was lured away by Barclays to help run their OpenShift platform for a few years before joining an abortive cloud native transformation project at State Street. He has written books on Git, Bash, and Terraform, and given talks on these and related subjects at various conferences.


jamie-2Jamie Dobson is co-founder and CEO of Container Solutions, a professional services company that specialises in Cloud Native transformation. With clients like Shell, Adidas, and other large enterprises, CS helps organisations navigate not only technology solutions but also adapt their internal culture and set business strategy. A veteran software engineer, he specialises in leadership and organisational strategy, and is a frequent presenter at conferences. He is also the co-writer of the O’Reilly book Cloud Native Transformation: Practical Patterns for Innovation (currently available for FREE)


Your Host:

TerezaTereza Astrop is Container Solutions Senior Event Coordinator. She has been responsible for many IRL sides to tech since 2013. From project management and events to customer success management and technical training, her work brings the world of tech to life in a myriad of ways. A connoisseur of ’ let’s make things happen’, she is one of the wonders behind Software Circus Fest and WTF is SRE. Whether IRL or online, her events see thousands of attendees, incredible engagement and an unparalleled sharing of skills and knowledge.