Comparison of SaaS and on-premises DAM systems: Advantages, disadvantages and application areas

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SaaS or On-Premises? This article looks at the advantages and disadvantages of each. Find out which solution best meets your needs and which approach is most suitable in which application areas. Read now!

Software as a Server (SaaS) or On-Premises

Managing and organizing digital assets has become essential for organizations of all sizes to efficiently deal with a growing amount of media assets. Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems provide a solution for storing, managing and distributing images, videos, documents and other digital content. When choosing our DAM solution TESSA, you as a company are faced with a choice: SaaS (Software as a Service) or On-Premises.


SaaS DAM systems are web-based platforms that are hosted and maintained by an external provider. As a customer, you gain access to the platform via the Internet and usually pay monthly or annual subscription fees.

What are the advantages of SaaS DAM systems?

Fast implementation: SaaS DAM systems do not require extensive internal IT infrastructure. Implementation is fast and requires only an Internet connection and login.

Scalability: SaaS platforms offer the flexibility to scale storage and user requirements as needed. Organizations can easily add additional storage or additional user licenses.

Cost efficiency: The pay-as-you-go models of SaaS DAM systems allow companies to better control costs, as they only pay for the resources they actually use. With TESSA DAM, it's even more simple: there are no hidden costs. Costs are only incurred when you use our service.

Automatic updates: The provider takes care of maintenance, security updates and function enhancements. For you as a customer, this means that you are always up to date.

What are the disadvantages of SaaS DAM systems?

Dependence on the provider: Companies depend on the availability and reliability of the provider. At EIKONA Media you can be sure: We are experts in the field of DAM and work with many customers. Your data is stored on German servers and integrated into websites via the most reliable CDNs.

Security considerations: No data has ever been lost or stolen at our TESSA. We have implemented elaborate security measures. This gives you control over your sensitive digital assets at all times - even with regard to the strict German data protection laws.

Application areas for SaaS DAM

SaaS DAM systems are well-suited for small to medium-sized businesses that want to implement a DAM solution quickly and cost-effectively. They are also ideal for companies with distributed teams or remote work environments, as they can be accessed anywhere with internet access.


On-premises DAM systems are hosted and maintained locally on the company's servers. Responsibility for maintenance, security, and scalability is completely with the enterprise.

What are the advantages of on-premises DAM systems?

Higher control: You have full control over your DAM infrastructure, security policies, and privacy measures.

Security: Because data is stored locally, organizations have more control over access to sensitive information and can implement specific security protocols.

Adaptability: On-premises systems can be customized to meet specific business requirements, which is especially important for industries with strict compliance regulations.

What are the disadvantages of on-premises DAM systems?

Higher costs: On-premises solutions require significant investments in hardware, software, and IT staff for maintenance and upgrades.

Slower implementation: The implementation of a DAM solution in the on-premises variant requires more time - due to the need to set up and adapt the internal infrastructure.

Scalability issues: You are responsible for scaling the infrastructure yourself, which can be very challenging when there is a sudden need for resources. Since the amount of data from images can be very large, the aspect of scaling should not be ignored.

Application areas for on-premises DAM

On-premises DAM systems are suitable for organizations with strict data protection and compliance requirements. Large enterprises with existing IT infrastructure and resources for maintenance and updates can benefit from the control and adaptability of such a solution.


The choice between SaaS and on-premises DAM systems depends on your organization's specific needs and resources

SaaS solutions offer rapid deployment, scalability, and cost efficiency, while on-premises solutions offer greater control and customizability. With our enterprise DAM software TESSA you can do both. You should carefully consider your business needs, budgets, and data protection requirements to choose the most appropriate option to efficiently manage your digital assets.

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Andreas Werner

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