SAAS Monitoring vs. On-Premise Monitoring Software

SAAS (Software as a Service) based Monitoring is increasingly becoming the dominant solution in the monitoring space. Here are pros and cons for both SAAS based and on-premise monitoring.

On-Premise Monitoring


  • Some open source solutions are license free
  • High level of data security when setup correctly


  • Significant setup effort required - resulting in high overall setup costs
  • Most solutions not complete out of the box - requiring addition of alerting channels etc.
  • Larger systems failure could result in monitoring solution to go down as well - leaving systems highly exposed.

SAAS Monitoring


  • Instant setup, complete and pre-configured to ensure robust monitoring without setup risk
  • Monitoring from the outside ensures reliable alerts even in case of total system failure
  • Total cost of ownership typically 5-10x lower than on-premise software due so elimination of setup, servicing and configuration complexity.


  • License fees (vary).

In the end, the choice depends on your business requirements. However, we realised that too often, the complexity involved in traditional on-premise monitoring setup led to many businesses not having a comprehensive monitoring solution at all. This is the worst choice, and modern SAAS solutions help to have critical devices under control within less than an hour.

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