by • March 29, 2023
Deciding where to run your enterprise workloads is one of the biggest business decisions you’ll make. That’s because your chosen deployment model influences how you access software and systems, scale your business, and safeguard sensitive data. There are three main deployment methods you need to know about: Self-hosted, on-premises, and cloud.
All three models have pros and cons, so it’s important to do your research before investing in new infrastructure and/or services. Learn more about the differences between these deployment options below and how APIs can optimize performance in your organization.
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The self-hosted deployment model is similar to on-premises in that you install, configure, and maintain software, hardware, and other infrastructure in your physical business location. However, it also involves virtualizing (moving to the cloud) some resources in your organization, primarily for scalability benefits.
On-premises is the oldest deployment method on this list. It involves installing, configuring, and maintaining physical computers on your business premises. That means you are fully responsible for purchasing and managing software, hardware, and other infrastructure.
The cloud model is the on-demand delivery of computing resources via an internet connection. A cloud services host offers virtualized infrastructure, removing the need to manage software and hardware on-site. You pay this host a monthly licensing fee to access its infrastructure and services. Examples of cloud hosting solutions include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Google Cloud Platform.
Now you know what these deployment models mean, take a closer look at the key differences between them:
Pricing will be a major factor when deciding between on-premises, self-hosted, and cloud solutions. While the on-premises model demands more upfront costs, self-hosted and cloud-based services require an ongoing monthly fee, which might work out to be more expensive for your organization in the long run.
On-premises and self-hosted solutions might suit your business if you have strict security requirements and need to adhere to data governance frameworks like GDPR and CCPA. While many cloud service providers take security seriously, it’s often easier for hackers to exploit a cloud environment, putting your sensitive data at risk.
Control over your infrastructure is another deciding factor when determining which deployment model suits your business needs. On-premises gives you the most control of the three models on this list; however, you can still maintain an element of control when signing up for self-hosted services.
Cloud environments make it easier to scale your computing resources and software up and down depending on your business model. On-premises offers less scalability than cloud and self-hosted solutions.
On-premises and, to a lesser extent, self-hosted solutions require time to install, configure, and maintain infrastructure elements. Cloud service providers take care of these tasks offsite, freeing up resources for your IT team.
Whether you choose the on-premises, self-hosted, or cloud computing model for deployment, you will likely struggle to integrate services. On-premise setups, for example, won’t allow you to naturally integrate legacy software with other applications in your enterprise, making it difficult to remove data silos and generate business intelligence for decision-making.
Application programming interfaces (APIs) allow two or more services to communicate with one another on your business premises or in the cloud. An API helps applications exchange information quickly, improving the performance of on-premises and cloud solutions. Say you have an open-source on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that won’t connect to the internet. You can use an API to sync this program with the cloud and benefit from increased data storage.
Each deployment model listed above has pros and cons, and choosing the right one depends on your pricing, security, data governance, control, and scalability requirements. APIs can improve the performance of on-premises, self-hosted, and cloud computing setups by connecting two or more applications in your business.
DreamFactory provides a secure and scalable API management solution for on-premises, self-hosted, and cloud computing setups. Talk to an engineer to learn more, or start your free 14-day trial today.
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