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Could anyone please explain the key reasons why Stack Exchange is not hosted on a cloud service?

I fully understand that choosing between hosting on a cloud versus hosting on own servers requires thorough analysis, and I don't mean to doubt the choice made by the Stack Exchange team. But I am curious about how or why this decision was made.

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Because it would constantly be down, like reddit. – juan May 20 '11 at 13:32
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Here are the main reasons in my opinion:

  1. To have full/fine grained control on their hardware/software
  2. To enjoy in details every aspect of their system learning and tweaking something new everyday
  3. To avoid lock/in to some platform
  4. To have the pleasure to spend money in super beefy and powerful servers
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+1 for point 4 :) – Pëkka May 20 '11 at 8:42

Take a look at this blog post. They're explaining why they moved the Stack Exchange Data Explorer from Azure to their servers.

The same reasoning can be applied to the SE network.

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see… and related questions – waffles May 20 '11 at 8:24

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