From the desk of Sylvia Ernst, Sr. Director, Community Growth
There is a heated debate in information technology regarding whether single tenant or multitenant applications are the way to go. What is the “real cloud” vs. “private cloud” (or “false cloud” as Marc Benioff, CEO and founder of Salesforce.com, calls it)?
This debate has spilled over into drug discovery informatics. Let’s explore the differences and then discuss the pros and cons for both options. Just to mention it upfront – the CDD Vault, like most industry leaders such as Salesforce, your online bank (probably), etc., is a multitenant application and comes with all its inherent economic advantages and some unexpected advantages for security and collaborative workflows.
A good way to get started is the definition from the article about Multitenancy on Wikipedia:
Alternative options are “Single Tenancy” and “On premise” (= in-house) instances of software.
Our historically security-cautious industry has long been dominated by the expensive “on premise” or “in-house” model where organizations run and maintain their own servers, installations, manage updates, etc.
Lately “the cloud” has taken over and we are now moving away from “on premise” to hosted solutions. The CDD Vault is a multitenant Software as a Service (SaaS) application. Recently, other systems have emerged offering single tenant options in the cloud. Are there inherent advantages associated with one architecture vs. the other?
The gentle reader may wish to start with this independent blog on ZDnet which highlights some key points of the debate. Here is a summary of the benefits of multitenant vs. single tenant architecture:
The separation of tenants and many security features of a multitenancy application, like the CDD Vault, are achieved directly on the application layer. Security implementations on the database layer can be administered easily and very fast. The pure Software as a Service model allows our team to very quickly provide the latest updates, upgrades while continuously maintaining security implementations at their highest, latest standards. CDD has a perfect security record since starting in 2004.
To read the whole series part I-III please click the download button below.
Part II and III discuss the architectural impact on: Updates, maintenance, releases, customization, configuration, collaboration and what we at CDD learned since 2004.
This blog is authored by members of the CDD Vault community. CDD Vault is a hosted drug discovery informatics platform that securely manages both private and external biological and chemical data. It provides core functionality including chemical registration, structure activity relationship, chemical inventory, and electronic lab notebook capabilities!
CDD Vault: Drug Discovery Informatics your whole project team will embrace!
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