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Intranet Deployment: Local Install vs Cloud Hosted (SaaS)

When installing an intranet platform for your company, you have two choices: install it locally in your own server, or have it hosted in the cloud.

We’ll look at the pros and cons of each one in this post.

Local Intranet Installation

Pros

  • More control of your intranet, including security, back-ups etc
  • One-time payment for the software

Cons

  • Requires dedicated IT staff
  • May require the purchase of a dedicated server and/or additional memory
  • Upgrades and after-sales support usually entail additional costs

Cloud Hosted Intranet (or SaaS)

Pros

  • Small monthly fees for continued access to intranet software
  • Worry-free security and data backups
  • No need to purchase new equipment such as a dedicated server or additional memory
  • Nobody in your organization needs to maintain the intranet on the tech side
  • Upgrades, trouble-shooting and tech support are included in monthly fees

Cons

  • Total dependence on the vendor for security and backups
  • Need to make continuous payments for as long as you use the intranet
  • Limited ability to customize the intranet software

As you can see, either of these options is the best one — depending on the resources you have and are willing to devote to your intranet. Which type of intranet deployment do you think would work best in your company?