On-premises software

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On-premises software (also known as on-premise, and abbreviated "on-prem")[1] is installed and runs on computers on the premises of the person or organization using the software, rather than at a remote facility such as a server farm or cloud. On-premises software is sometimes referred to as “shrinkwrap” software, and off-premises software is commonly called “software as a service” ("SaaS") or “cloud computing”.


There is some debate as to the validity of the term "on-premise" compared with its synonym "on-premises", even though its usage is older and more common.[2][3][4][5] The term "on-premise" is also commonplace among technology companies and technology news sources.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ on-premises (Webopedia)
  2. ^ "On-Premise vs On-Premises – Who Cares?". Adam Fowler IT. Adam Fowler. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. ^ Unscramble. "On-Premises VS on premise - removing some confusion".
  4. ^ Brian Madden (May 2014). "So apparently we lost the grammar war, and on-premises is just called "on premise" now?".
  5. ^ "Google Trends".
  6. ^ Mary Jo Foley (June 2015). "Microsoft delivers tool for connecting on-premise directories to Azure Active Directory".