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SaaS: Single Tenant vs Multi-Tenant - What's the Difference?

by Ian Felder on Monday July 15, 2019

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What are the advantages of a multi-tenancy SaaS architecture? How does it differ from single tenant instances? We break down the differences and highlight the benefits of implementing a SaaS solution for data protection in this blog.

Multi-Tenancy – A Core Benefit of SaaS

In the early days of the cloud, organizations were reluctant to adopt cloud strategies. Few organizations considered applying policies, technologies, and controls to protect data across the cloud. The last several years, which has seen the proven effectiveness of cloud deployments in scalability, cost, and security, has changed that however. Now we’re seeing the rapid adoption of cloud platforms by organizations of all shapes and sizes.

Digital Guardian’s Data Protection Platform leverages software as a service, or SaaS, to provide data protection in a package that results in superior security, better economics, and reduced overhead. One of the ways we do this is through multi-tenant architecture.

Single Tenant vs Multi-Tenant – Learn the Difference

Single Tenant – A single instance of the software and supporting infrastructure serve a single customer. With single tenancy, each customer has his or her own independent database and instance of the software. Essentially, there is no sharing happening with this option.

Multi-Tenant – Multi-tenancy means that a single instance of the software and its supporting infrastructure serves multiple customers. Each customer shares the software application and also shares a single database. Each tenant’s data is isolated and remains invisible to other tenants.

 

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Benefits of SaaS Multi-Tenant Architecture

  • Lower costs through economies of scale: With multi-tenancy, scaling has far fewer infrastructure implications than with a single-tenancy-hosted solution because new users get access to the same basic software.
  • Shared infrastructure leads to lower costs: SaaS allows companies of all sizes to share infrastructure and data center operational costs. There is no need to add applications and more hardware to their environment. Not having to provision or manage any infrastructure or software above and beyond internal resources enables businesses to focus on everyday tasks.
  • Ongoing maintenance and updates: Customers don’t need to pay costly maintenance fees to keep their software up to date. Vendors roll out new features and updates. These are often included with a SaaS subscription.
  • Configuration can be done while leaving the underlying codebase unchanged: Single-tenant-hosted solutions are often customized, requiring changes to an application’s code. This customization can be costly and can make upgrades time-consuming because the upgrade might not be compatible with your environment.

Multi-tenant solutions are designed to be highly configurable so that businesses can make the application perform the way they want. There is no changing the code or data structure, making the upgrade process easy.

Multi-tenancy architecture also allows Digital Guardian to efficiently service everyone from small customers, whose scale may not warrant dedicated infrastructure, to large enterprises that need access to the cloud’s virtually unlimited compute resources. Software development and maintenance costs are shared, driving down expenditures, resulting in savings that are passed onto you, the customers.

Additional Benefits of SaaS

Multi-tenancy is just one of multiple benefits of SaaS. Download this white paper – 7 Reasons to Move to SaaS Data Protection to learn:

  • The 7 reasons why moving to SaaS data protection enables you to manage risk more effectively
  • How Digital Guardian’s cloud architecture is built with the latest tools and methodologies
  • How we can help offset resource constraints with our Managed Security Program

To learn more about the benefits of SaaS, watch the clip below from our webinar, Benefits of Implementing a SaaS Cybersecurity Solution, which is presented by Andras Cser, VP Principal Analyst at Forrester. You can watch the full webinar here.

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Ian Felder

Ian Felder is the senior manager of product marketing at Digital Guardian, bringing over 16 years of marketing experience in both start-ups and Fortune 100 companies to the role. Prior to Digital Guardian Ian was at Hologic and Signiant, Inc.