January 7, 2024

Understanding Cloud Deployment Models

January 7, 2024
Eric Rowell
Understanding Cloud Deployment Models
Multi-tenant Cloud vs. Self Hosted

Multi-Tenant Cloud

This model involves multiple clients, or tenants, sharing cloud resources. It's efficient in resource utilization and cost-effective since infrastructure and application costs are distributed among the users. However, it may offer less customization and could be perceived as less secure due to shared resources.

Shared Tenants

In this subset of multi-tenancy, tenants share both the application instance and the infrastructure. It maximizes resource efficiency and minimizes costs. The downside is potentially less data isolation and limited customization.

Dedicated Tenants

Here, each client has a separate instance of the application and may have dedicated infrastructure. It offers more security, control, and customization, making it suitable for clients with specific compliance needs. However, this comes at a higher cost due to the dedicated resources.


This involves clients managing their own infrastructure, either on-premises or in a private cloud. It provides maximum control, customization, and potentially better security, but requires significant investment in hardware, software, and maintenance.

Pros and Cons

  • Multi-Tenant Cloud: Pro: Cost-effective, efficient. Con: Lesser customization, perceived lower security.
  • Shared Tenants: Pro: Cost-efficient, resource-efficient. Con: Limited customization, potential data security concerns.
  • Dedicated Tenants: Pro: Greater security, customization. Con: Higher cost, requires more management.
  • Self-Hosting: Pro: Complete control, potentially better security. Con: Higher costs, requires significant management and expertise.

Each model suits different organizational needs based on factors like budget, control requirements, and compliance considerations.

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