Like many startups, Wish grew up on AWS. As our cluster grew and the price of SSDs fell, we started exploring bare metal. Fast-forward 2 years and we have hundreds of MongoDB instances on bare metal fully integrated with our AWS infrastructure. It wasn't all smooth sailing, but the performance & cost improvements were worth it! Hear the story of how we did it and gain a framework for thinking about how to make the leap from cloud-centric architecture to a hybrid model.