Choose Multitenant Architecture for SaaS Application Development

Posted By Asha Devi | 25-Apr-2019

Choosing a multi-tenant architecture for SaaS application development leads to optimal utilization of hardware, software, and human capital for enterprises. Let us understand how multi-tenant architecture plays a pivotal role in developing SaaS applications.

 

Singletenancy vs Multi-tenancy

 

The endeavor of forward-looking businesses is the optimal utilization of resources. Organizations are investing in technologies that can accelerate their business processes and improve productivity.

 

SaaS and other cloud-based applications are achieving efficiency while cutting operational costs with their multi-tenant architecture. It provides multiple advantages as opposed to single-tenancy making multi-tenant architecture a preferred choice for most organizations.

 

Let us see how.

 

Multi-tenant Architecture

 

Multi-tenant architecture (multitenancy), the core feature of cloud computing centralizes resources. A single software and its supporting infrastructure elements like operating environment, hardware, and storage serve multiple customers. The data of each customer is stored in a single database, and yet the customer is isolated and secured from the other customers (tenants). Tenants can avail the cloud service from providers on a pay-as-you-use subscription basis.

 

In contrast to multi-tenant architecture, single-tenant architecture does not have sharing capabilities.

 

Single-tenant Architecture

 

Here, the tenant purchases a software copy and customizes it as required. The data can be shared only within the group as the specific application resources are separated. It is recommended for tenants who have their own on-premise infrastructure.

 

Multi-tenant vs Single-tenant Architecture

 

Some of the main differences between single-tenancy and multi-tenancy are formulated in the table below.

 

Singe-tenancy vs Multi-tenancy-A comparison

 
As demonstrated above, the multi-tenant approach is highly competent as compared to single-tenancy. Factors such as scalability, cost per tenant, and complexities in operations and development are critical for organizations to choose between these two.

 

Let us explore further and understand why a multi-tenant architecture is an appropriate choice for SaaS applications.

 

Key Highlights of Multi-tenant SaaS Architecture

 

Reduced investment cost:

 

As the multi-tenant platform facilitates the sharing of resources, application, and the databases, the investment cost is appreciably reduced when compared to single tenancy. Moreover, the vendor does not have the burden of extra cost against the increased tenant(s).

 

Optimal resource utilization

 

As multiple tenants utilize the same resources, infrastructure, and database, the vendors can assess, update, and optimize the utilization, speed, and response time across the entire system. The maintenance of the entire system is easier and faster.

 

Easy customer onboarding service

 
Multi-tenant applications have automated sign-up processes, configured domains, sub-domains, default data, and application configurations. Thus, it accelerates the customer onboarding process with better growth prospects for vendors.

 

Customization:

 

Though the codebase remains constant for users, an additional layer can be provided to facilitate customizations as per the unique requirements of customers. Yet, there is no necessity to add new data centers for every new or individual customer. The architecture is highly scalable and sustainable.

 

Easy Maintenance:

 

The modules are configured easily as the shared codes are common making the application usage convenient and cost-effective. Moreover, the latest updates and maintenance costs are shared by tenants. The upgrades to the technology stack can be done easily at one central location.

 

Benefits of Multi-tenant Architecture

 
Discover how Oodles enables you to achieve the benefits of multi-tenant architecture for your SaaS applications.

 

Build Your Multi-tenant Architecture for SaaS Applications with Oodles

 

As your organization seeks to replace legacy systems and embrace modern IT solutions, we meet your specific requirements with a tried and tested methodology.

 

  • We help you choose between single or multi-tenant architecture, secure log-ins with two-factor authentication, and maintain security at endpoint device(s) for your B2B or B2C business.
  •  We architect your database with either of the three ways as mentioned below depending on the usage.
    • Single shared database schema for fast operations

    • Single database, multiple schemas for international data

    • Multiple databases for dividing sales or customers by region

  •  We structure your multi-tenant database
    • URL-based SaaS for a web app interface between the database and the user

    • Multi-tenant SaaS for direct interaction with the database

    • Virtualization-based SaaS for interaction between the container (Docker, Kubernete) and the app or the database

  • We deliver efficient service support for quicker troubleshooting and solve problems to achieve business profit.
  • We offer fast onboarding of your application with secure data and compliance with industry regulations for small customers to large enterprises.

 

Conclusion:

 

Multi-tenancy, the core of cloud computing is designed to scale up the users within your enterprise and externally to promote business interaction.

 

We assist you to gain the long term benefits of multi-tenant architecture by understanding the objectives, identifying the challenges in the context of your organization and addressing them successfully.  

 

 

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