A Guide to Deployment Tools – Cloud-Based vs On-Premise

With more tools available than ever, many enterprises today strive toward the seamless deployment and operation of new IT solutions.

The adoption of cloud-based deployment tools has steadily risen over recent years, although a significant number of businesses and other organizations still use on-premise solutions, according to Dynamics’ Folio 3 blog. Both types come with their own boons and banes, although you should be readily prepared to address the latter, no matter which one you pick.

Cloud and on-premise deployment tools: What are they?

To enable the use of cloud-based deployment solutions, enterprises use what is known as cloud computing, which is the process of storing and accessing data using remote servers, according to Edureka. Compared to servers housed within the premises of the property on which operations are conducted, these are typically serviced and maintained by third-party vendors.

Between deploying IT solutions using cloud-based tools and those housed on location, the biggest difference between the two is who oversees operations and takes responsibility when things go wrong. On-premise tools should be used by enterprises that house sensitive data and have the capacity to handle operations, while those based in the cloud are better served for those who have fewer resources available and want lower costs, according to Computer World.

Cloud services are used by a majority of organizations; 79% of nearly 200 IT professionals interviewed for a 2017 Computer World survey said they have a cloud project “planned or underway,” while more than half graded their cloud services highly for the value they offer to their businesses. Still, many enterprises (even government agencies) have not yet forgone their traditional on-premise deployment tools – Computer World reported that the City of Los Angeles and New York City’s Department of Transportation use them to run critical apps and store sensitive information as opposed to using cloud-based options.

“Cloud offerings have helped us deploy faster and reduce our data center infrastructure, but the main reason we don’t do more in the cloud is because of strict DoD contract requirements for specific types of data,” Oshkosh Corporation Senior IT Director Greg Downer told Computer World, in reference to the company’s hybrid-cloud strategy.

Which one is better?

Whether you’re thinking of using on-premise, cloud or hybrid solutions of deployment tools for your enterprise, you first need to understand their main differences, as well as their respective pros and cons.


Despite the fact that on-premise deployment tools are a more traditional solution for organizations compared to cloud options, they can be used just as effectively and efficiently – albeit at a higher price, if done correctly, according to Edureka. Because your organization is responsible for keeping all of its data and servers in-house when using an on-premise solution, you will need to cover all associated costs for hardware, storage, devices, software and even power consumption.

With the extra resources and know-how in place, these tools allow for more customization than their cloud alternatives. Still, one downside to this is that customization and deployment are usually less streamlined than services offered by CSPs, which means that they can cause problems including IT downtime or other delays for a company’s users.


Between their deployment, cost, flexibility and levels of maintenance and security, tools implemented using cloud computing differ greatly from their on-premise counterparts. Whether you’re using a private or public cloud solution, the deployment of new software and updates is always carried out by vendor-cloud service providers, which saves you from handling the task yourself. As a result, cloud costs are typically lower than those associated with the installation, upkeep and upgrading of on-premise IT infrastructure, as you only pay a regular fee for services that you utilize – without any additional charges. Depending on the price of a subscription to a CSP, Software Advice states that sometimes, it can be cheaper to go on-premise in the long term even with pricey installation costs.

When you subscribe or otherwise pay for a cloud deployment tool, the onus of data and information security is also laid at the feet of providers and vendors. Furthermore, with CSPs handling all of the heavy lifting, system software and other infrastructure upgrades and updates can be deployed without any additional investment.

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About The Author

Matt Williams

A self-proclaimed ‘tech geek’, Matt has worked in technology for a decade and divides his time between blogging and working in IT. A huge New York Giants fan, expert on Reboot Restore Technology when not watching football Matt gets his game on playing Call of Duty with his friends and other tech bloggers.

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