Cloud-based and On-Premises Software Cost Comparison 

How much does cloud-based software cost compared with on-premises?

When it comes time to implement Inventory Management and Accounting Software, more and more small to medium size businesses are choosing cloud-based options...and for good reason. Although on-premises does not include monthly license fees, there are still significant costs associated with maintaining your own hardware and servers. It is these costs that are sometimes overlooked during the software research phase. This eBook explores both options, providing you with insight into the differences, breaking down the upfront costs, on-going costs and total cost of ownership so that you can make the right decision. Learn more about: 

  • The different options - cloud-based and on-premises
  • The advantages and disadvantages of each 
  • Pricing models with cost examples
  • A comparison of annual on-going costs



"2 years ago, we had a major issue where our computer server went down and we were unable to get most of those files back. Blue Link allowed us to host our information and our system on their server in their office. For 2 months we had constant support from the Blue Link team to ensure that we could continue to run our business.

- Jake Vella, General Manager, Continental Cosmetics

Cloud-based vs. On-Premises

Although both deployment methods have their pros and cons, certain businesses can benefit from choosing one over the other - based on number of employees, existing processes and infrastructure, available resources and budget.




Often used interchangeably with the term SaaS (software-as-a-service), and hosted,  cloud software is a deployment method whereby a customer accesses the software solution off-premises via the internet. 



On-premises software means the software is installed locally, in-house on your company’s server, and hardware purchases may be required if you do not already have the necessary equipment.