There is no doubt that the cloud has changed the way we run our software. Startups, for instance, can get started without buying expensive hardware and scale flexibly. Also, the cloud has enabled novel solutions such as serverless, managed Kubernetes and Docker, or edge functions. For a time, cloud-native applications seemed to be the way forward for most teams, big or small.

But in exchange for all this power, we pay a cost. And it can be a steep one. 37signals — the company behind and — has calculated that by buying a few servers and moving from the cloud to on-premise, they can save 7 million dollars over 5 years.

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