Cloud vs On-Premise

Cloud vs On-Premise

What is On-Premise?

On-premise refers to a software and hardware infrastructural setup, deployed and running on the premises of your organization, rather than at a remote facility (such as cloud). You have complete control over your data as well as the infrastructural set up. Data stays in your private network (intranet), nobody other than your organization's users has access to the information. Once the software is purchased and downloaded, it is then installed on your servers. With no third-party involvement, you assume complete ownership and need not rely on internet connection or external factors to access your software.

Key differences between Cloud and On-Premise

  • Essentially, the fundamental difference between cloud and on-premise software is where the software resides or where it is hosted. On-premise software is installed locally on your organization’s servers, whereas cloud software is hosted on the vendor’s server and accessed via a web browser. 
  • When compared to cloud software, on premise is more flexible, reliable, and secure. On the other hand, cloud software eases the pressure of maintaining and updating systems, allowing you to focus your time, effort and money into fulfilling your core business strategies.
  • Cloud software requires a reliable internet connection, whereas in on-premise, you need not rely on internet connection or external factors to access your software.

Therefore, choosing between cloud and on-premise depends on your organization's requirements, which eventually influences the selection of a suitable deployment strategy.

Feature availability - Cloud and On-premise

ModuleFeatureCloudOn-Premise
​HomeApp filtering - based on workspaceYesNot supported
​HomeLink to subscriptionYesLink to License
HomeLink to other Zoho AppsYesNot supported
App creationBy importing dataYesYes, except Import from cloud
App creationUsing gallery app (template)YesNot supported
FormsIntegrations formYesNot supported
Form create and manageBy importing dataYesYes, except Import from cloud
Field typesAddress — Address options (geo coordinates and capture location on map)YesNot supported
Field typesLookupYesYes (Max 3 display fields;  Bidirectional lookup for system fields such as Added Time, Added User as well as date, time and date-time fields are not supported)
Field typesIntegration fieldsYesNot supported
Field typesAI fieldsYesNot supported
Form Properties (submission)

Capture location,

Added location and modified location system variables

YesNot supported
Form Properties (availability)Enable Geo-fenceYesNot supported
Form Properties Email dataYesNot supported for both cases — Allow from everyone and Allow only from application users
Reports (builder)Geo-coordinates (Configure Fields -> Address field -> Display options)YesNot supported
ReportsMap reportYesNot supported
ReportsPivot chartYesNot supported
ReportsPivot tableYesNot supported
WorkflowsEmail notificationsYesYes, via your email client; for PDF attachments, max file size is 15 MB
WorkflowsSMS notificationsYesYes, subject to your network permission
WorkflowsMobile push notificationsYesNot supported
WorkflowsPaymentYesNot supported
APIREST API - v1YesNot supported
APIXML RPC APIYesNot supported
Workflows, APIExternal calls (webhooks and integration tasks)YesYes, subject to your network permission
In-built IntegrationsPayPal, iCal Feed, Box, Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, Zoho Docs, WordPressYesNot supported
Mobile appRebranded mobile appYesYes (offline)
Application SettingsCustomer portalYesInternal and custom(external) domain is supported. For the external domain to work, the software must be installed in a publicly accessible machine.
Application SettingsPublish URL formatzohopublic.com​https://<hostname>:<port>
PagesWebsite Embed/PermalinkYesYes, subject to your network permission
PagesWidgetsYesNo
Application SettingsLocalizationYesGoogle Translate is not supported; can manually translate to Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese
Application SettingsFederated Sign-inYesNot supported
Account SetupEmail Management - Domain AuthenticationYesNot supported
​Account SetupUsage detailsYesYes, except Authenticated domains, AI fields, and Cloud functions
Account Setup - DeveloperWorkspace
Developer Zone
My Developers
YesNot supported
Account SetupConnectionsYesOnly Clickatell is supported
Account SetupMarketplaceYesNot supported
Deluge tasksAI tasksYesNot supported

Native and other in-app mobile features

Common featuresCloudOn-Premise
 iOSAndroidiOSAndroid
Navigation from map reportsYesYesNoNo
Push notificationsYesYesNoNo
Install gallery appsNoYesNoNo
State restorationYesNoNoNo
Launching Zia Search from List ReportsYesYesNoNo
Multi-window support for iPad (iOS 13)YesNo
Siri shortcuts (iOS 13)YesNo
​Spotlight search (iOS 13)YesNo

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