Cloud-based and On-Premises Software Cost Comparison 

The Real Cost of Software

This eBook explores the cost of both cloud-based and on-premises software solutions, providing you with insight into the differences, breaking down the upfront costs, on-going costs and monthly fees, and provides an example of the total cost of ownership over multiple years so that you can make the right decision when comparing both options. 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, cloud-based solutions are becoming more and more popular for small-medium size businesses. 




Often used interchangeably with the term SaaS (software-as-a-service), and hosted,  cloud software is accessed off-premises via the internet and all IT maintenance and management is the responsibility of the software vendor. 



On-premises software means the software is installed locally, in-house on your company’s server and hardware and therefore requires that you have the existing equipment and resources in-house to manage the system.