This blog looks at the differences between single-tenant LMS systems and multi-tenant LMS systems and why NetDimensions’ solution is more secure.
As you switch out your legacy LMS for a cloud-based LMS solution, you must investigate the real estate and terrain that comes with every offering. Everyone has different needs and expectations when it comes to the place we call ‘home’ – and the same goes for an organization’s network infrastructure (or learning program ‘homes’).
Much like brick-and-mortar construction, the process of configuring cloud software architecture starts with careful planning. For most organizations, it becomes prohibitively expensive to alter blueprints once basic elements are in place. A good place to start in choosing your cloud-based LMS is deciding between a multi-tenant or a single-tenant solution.
The benefits breakdown
Don’t let the names fool you: ‘single’- and ‘multi’- are not prefaces that refer to the number of advantages each architecture comes with!
A multi-tenant LMS provides an architecture in which multiple companies store their data in the same, shared place. While everyone shares the architecture, it is divided so that each company has its own designated area to store data. Still, everyone has the same ‘home’ base.
On the other hand, with a single-tenant LMS, each customer has its own instance of the software. When you implement a single-tenant LMS, you can build your own supporting architecture around it.
Using a multi-tenant LMS is much like buying a condo unit. With multi-tenant software, you’re tapping into the same database as other customers of your selected solutions provider.
Now, think about that sprawling mansion you imagined your adult self living in when you were a child, conjuring up your dream home. Unlike a single unit in an apartment complex, a standalone house allows far more personalization options. Similarly, with a single-tenant system, users can customize the solution around the software to accommodate their environment.
Users of a single-tenant LMS will also have more control over when they get upgrades and they’ll likely have more influence over the nature and scheduling of the vendor’s roadmap.
Single-tenant LMS and scalability
Despite what you may read in other places, tenancy has no effect on scalability, when developed using a well thought out distribution and upgrade management strategy. NetDimensions’ LMS, for instance (no pun intended), is a secure SaaS single-tenant solution well-known within the realm of high-consequence organizations with the need for scalable software solutions.
Last but certainly not least, a single-tenant LMS also offers a privacy guarantee that a multi-tenant solution could feasibly lack. While top-level security is of course possible with multi-tenant software, there are fewer risks of privacy breaches overall when you have a standalone system.
Finding the right LMS solution
NetDimensions Talent Suite’s single-tenant architecture enables each production site to have its own instance of the application, database and web server. We opted for single-tenancy because it guarantees that client data is completely separate from that of other clients. This same single-tenant architecture allows us to offer more deployment options than any other provider in the industry – allowing for SaaS, on-premise, portals and mobile solutions that are unique and support organizations delivering the solutions they need for their workforces.
As multi-tenant solutions become more popular within certain industries, it is important to keep single-tenant solutions on your radar.
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