SAAS Monitoring vs. On-Premise Monitoring Software

SAAS (Software as a Service) based Monitoring is increasingly becoming the dominant solution in the monitoring space. Let's summarise the 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 set up correctly.


  • Significant setup effort required - resulting in high overall setup costs and time investment.
  • Most solutions are not complete out of the box - often requiring addition of alerting channels etc.
  • Larger IT systems failures could result in monitoring solution also going down - leaving systems and availability highly exposed.

SAAS Monitoring


  • Instant setup, complete and pre-configured to ensure robust monitoring without setup risks.
  • 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 to elimination of setup, servicing and configuration complexity.


  • License fees (varies from solution to solution).

The Choice

In the end, the choice depends on your business requirements. However, CloudRadar realised that the complexity involved in traditional on-premise monitoring setup too often led to organisations not having a comprehensive monitoring solution at all.

This is the worst choice, and modern SAAS solutions should assist in having critical devices, servers and networkd under control in less than an hour.

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