Cloud vs. On-Premise MDM Deployment: Making the Right Choice for Your Organization

  • September 22, 2022

Choosing between cloud or on-premises deployment is a big decision that organisations have to make. But there isn’t a one-size-fits-all deployment model that works for every organization. Although the cloud has been closing in on on-premises solutions and overtook them at the beginning of this decade, the best option for a business still depends upon its unique needs and requirements.

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MDM Deployment – Cloud vs On Premise?

Deciding between either deployment model is a complex process, wherein several factors come into consideration. To make an informed decision, organizations need to understand the difference between on-premises and cloud deployment and where it fits into their mobile device management strategy.

What is On-premises Deployment?

On-premise refers to the method of deploying software within the confines of the organization. The data is stored in the company’s server where the IT staff is responsible for installing the maintaining the software. Because the physical hardware and software running on it is managed in-house, companies have more control–and responsible–for its accessibility and security.

What is Cloud Deployment?

Cloud deployment is the process of deploying a software application through different cloud computing service models, such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Organizations can configure a cloud deployment model based on their needs. For instance, if companies want to maintain control over accessibility and ownership, they can choose between four main types of cloud models:

  • Public Cloud: The public cloud is offered by third-party providers over the public Internet, making them available to anyone who wants to use or purchase them.
  • Private Cloud: It is a model of cloud computing where the infrastructure is dedicated to a single user organization that wants to have an additional layer of security or customized option specific to their needs.
  • Community Cloud: It refers to a shared cloud computing service environment that is targeted to a limited set of organizations or employees. It allows multiple companies with similar development, security, management, and organizational needs to handle a single solution to reduce costs.
  • Hybrid Cloud: In a hybrid model, applications are running in a combination of different environments. Hybrid cloud computing approaches are popular because organizations cannot afford to rely on the public cloud.

Cloud Vs On-Premise MDM: Depends on Business Priorities

Before companies take the leap to choose the deployment of choice, the following table highlights the key differences between the two:

FactorsCloudOn-Premise
DeploymentThe data is stored on a third-party server or data centre. Cloud services can be easily deployed since no on-site installation of hardware or software is necessary.The data and software are stored in-house. The hardware is managed in-house on company premises. Deployment can be complex and requires more IT involvement and longer time spans.
ControlIT teams can quickly access data, but third-party cloud services may not be reliable in case of any downtime on the cloud.IT teams are responsible for uptime and troubleshooting downtime. They are in complete control of data and security management.
SecuritySince data is stored in third-party data centres, companies do not have 100 percent control over their data and security. It is an opportunity cost for more convenience. Companies should choose cloud-based MDM solutions in which sensitive data is encrypted to provide ample security.With MDM on-premises, sensitive data such as personal information, location details, and enterprise apps can be managed first-hand. When data is present on-premises, companies can assure complete control over the security and privacy of data.
ScalabilityIt is one of the biggest benefits of the cloud. Companies can increase or decrease data storage capacity to meet changing demands.Scaling on-premises comes at a cost. It requires additional hardware equipment and software to handle increasing workloads. An in-house team is needed to facilitate upgrades.
ComplianceOrganizations must ensure that the MDM solution meets the regulatory mandates within their specific industries. Personal information of customers, employees, and partners should be secure and private to avoid paying penalties.Certain industries, like healthcare, are heavily regulated, making compliance crucial. Organizations may require to store corporate information on-premises to address compliance practices.
CostCloud infrastructure circumvents significant capital investments for setting up and installing hardware and software.On-Premise infrastructure requires upfront capital. Additional costs include hardware maintenance, software updates, power consumption, and IT staff for maintenance.

Cloud or On-Premises MDM: Pros and Cons

The main difference between cloud and on-premises deployment is there are no high upfront costs associated with the cloud. But with on-premises deployment, companies have more security. Companies can customize security settings and update the software on demand instead of waiting for a third party to do it for them.

ProsCons
Cloud Deployment1. No upfront capital investment of on-premise hardware and servers
2. Scalable based on usage and budget.
3. Reduces burden on IT resources
1. Limited access to servers and infrastructure.
2. Relies on network connectivity.
3. Costs may increase with increased usage and bandwidth.
On-Premise Deployment1. Lower network bandwidth costs.
2. Greater security and privacy.
3. More control over server hardware.



1. Large upfront capital investment to purchase servers and set up infrastructure.
2. Compliance responsibility falls on the organization. 
3. Needs extra IT resources and administration overheads.
Limits scalability.

At this point, it’s clear that the advantages outweigh the limitations. Most organizations aren’t considering whether they migrate to the cloud but when and what they should migrate.

Wrapping Up

A cloud MDM solution is best for an enterprise to cut down on initial capital costs or prefer a monthly/annual subscription plan. In contrast, if companies do not wish to share data with other entities due to strict security regulations, an on-premises solution works better. But it’s important to remember that the cloud delivers more flexibility and reliability, increased performance and efficiency, and helps to lower IT costs. Mobile Device Management solution like Scalefusion is available both as an on-premise as well as a cloud-based solution. Sign up for a free 14-day trial here.

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Rajnil is a Senior Content Writer at Scalefusion. He’s been a B2B marketer for over 8 years and applies the power of content marketing to simplify complex technology and business ideas.
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