One of the most important decisions when it comes to implementing a digital asset management (DAM) system, is whether you want your platform to be hosted on the cloud or on-premises.

With advantages for both, it’s important to consider your options before making your decision. In this post, we’ll look at the benefits of both cloud and on-premises DAM systems to help you settle on the best provider for you.

On-site DAM

There are a number of benefits of having your DAM system built into your premises, such as…

Control over security

This may be seen as a pro or con, dependent on your business type, but with an on-site DAM solution, you are totally responsible for your own security. Any testing, physical security, backups and maintenance is entirely down to you and your business. So, you can make sure everything is secure and protected and rest assured that you’re in control of your system completely.

No unnecessary updates

With a cloud-based DAM, your provider will typically update your system as and when new features are launched. Of course, for many this will be a positive attribute. But, if you’re happy and comfortable with your DAM system, untimely updates may tamper with your set up and lead to your team needing new training. With an on-site DAM platform, you are in control of if and when you update your system, meaning you can choose any additional features you need.

Cloud-based systems

While on-site DAM platforms bring their own benefits to your business, a cloud-based system is a great choice for those looking for increased security and decreased hardware costs.

Reduced maintenance costs

As a cloud-based DAM system is hosted and controlled elsewhere, you don’t need to worry about high maintenance costs or downtime. If your system fails, or there is a problem with the server, your provider will deal with everything quickly and effectively, leaving you free to focus on running and growing your business.

Increased security

Of course, with a cloud-based DAM platform, you do not have the same level of personal security that you gain with an on-site system. That said, your cloud-based DAM provider will ensure your system is secure and protected. As all your digital files will be backed up onto the cloud, there’s no need to worry about server or office damage affecting your assets. You can access your files no matter where in the world you may be.


One of the key benefits of a cloud-based platform for many businesses is that you only pay for what you need. Most DAM providers will run on a subscription basis, allowing you to choose to cancel at any time. So, you can control your monthly payments depending on your business needs. This allows for effective scalability as your business grows.

Get started today with iBase

If you’re looking for a safe, secure cloud-based DAM system that puts your individual needs first, iBase are here to help. With dedicated support and helpful training, we are here to make sure you get the most out of your DAM platform.

Get in touch for more information or to learn how we can help you.

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