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Video Streaming on Cloud vs. On-Premises | Cost and Benefits

By Sabika Tasneem & Rabeea Tahir
A comparison of video storage on cloud vs. storage on premises.

Looking to set up an on-premise video streaming server, or want to use the cloud for video streaming? VIDIZMO EnterpriseTube, a secure YouTube-like enterprise video platform, allows you to stream video from your premise, or AWS, or Azure, or any cloud you prefer. The question is: is it more feasible to opt for deployment on an on-premise video streaming server or go for a cloud deployment? In this blog, we will explore just that. Learn what on-premise video streaming entails and how does VIDIZMO costing differs for an on-premise video streaming server compared to the cloud.


The World is Shifting to Cloud

Businesses are increasingly relocating their critical operations, workflows, and applications to the cloud. Worldwide spending on cloud services including its components and professional services is expected to exceed $1.0 trillion by 2024, according to research firm IDC. The shift is driven by a range of factors stemming from rising demands for storage, scalability, security, mobility, innovation, and more – all of which begs the question regarding video hosting costs of cloud vs. on-premises deployment scenarios.

With enterprise video gaining momentum across industries, businesses turn to the cloud to optimize the cost burden associated with mounting needs for video hosting, including its storage, processing, management, security, accessibility, innovation, and more.

Read More: How To Choose The Right Cloud Deployment Model For Your Organization?

With cloud deployment model seeming to offer such scalability and innovation, why even consider the on-premise deployment option? Let us explore the benefits that on-premise video streaming might entail for your organization:

Benefits of Having a Video Streaming Server On-Premise

On-premise video streaming is best suited for enterprises operating in highly regulated industry that require extensive security measures in place. For instance, government agencies, financial institutes, healthcare organizations, etc. The stringent privacy needs forces these enterprises to ensure higher control of business-critical operations. That does not mean that these businesses cannot benefit from video streaming.

Moreover, on-premise video streaming also is suitable for long-established enterprises with extensive on-premise IT infrastructure and datacenters that can be utilized to cost-efficiently utilized to deploy our solution.

VIDIZMO has flexible deployment models, on-premise being one of them. You can set up our streaming server on your local virtual machines. Setting up and utilizing on-premise video streaming servers through VIDIZMO has several benefits that fulfill the above-mentioned organizational use cases:

  • Air-tight Security: Securely stream your videos by hosting videos behind company firewall and put in place stringent access control to ensure only authorized individuals have access to your content.
  • Maintain Control: Have the solution be entirely deployed and managed by your in-house IT team.
  • Fulfill Compliances: Ensure and maintain implementation of any government or industry regulated compliances to avoid any non-conformity.
  • Reduced Data Migration Expenses: Host your videos on your on-premise datacenters to assist in faster migration process with reduced expenditure. 

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Contact us to get a demo of our video platform and our team will also be happy to assist you in setting up our application on your premises. 

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How to Measure Cloud vs. On-premises Video Hosting Costs?

Here is a detailed breakdown of tangible video hosting costs involved in an on-premises infrastructure compared to cloud, particularly in Software as a Service (SaaS) model:


Video Hosting Cost Factors  On-Premises Video Hosting Costs  Cloud Video Hosting Costs (SaaS)
License and subscription

High cost for perpetual yearly license for video hosting application or software; an additional cost may be applied if new users or modules are added to the system.


Medium-high cost for monthly subscription-based license for video hosting application; vendor may increase rates upon expiration of subscription term. With BYOSL, customers may enjoy flexibility of using their pre-existing cloud licenses.


Installation and setup 


High cost for installation of video hosting application, database configurations etc.; a major upgrade installation in the future would also incur high costs.


Low-medium installation fee charged by vendor for video hosting application; no cost for upgrades as upgrades are incremental in nature.  
Hardware/ capital expense


High cost for capital expenditure on video hosting hardware, applications, database servers, PC and networking infrastructure, operating systems, middleware.


Low video hosting hardware costs with zero in-house servers.
Data migration Medium-high cost for upfront data migration; low cost data transfers between systems, no internal migration cost.


High costs for outbound data or egress traffic as transfers over basic monthly allowances are charged on per GB basis; high cost for downloading data from cloud; Inbound data transfer (ingress traffic) is usually free.


Training & hiring High cost for hiring IT experts and training staff for management and maintenance of critical onsite video hosting hardware and datacenters.


Medium cost for setting up vendor training sessions, bringing trainers onsite, participating in webinars, custom courses; low cost for SaaS video hosting application that involve online training or in-line help functions.


Storage High cost of buying additional storage because it extends capital expenditure on video hosting storage servers.


High cost for additional storage but cloud storage costs continue to decrease overtime; extra storage can be added without expenditure on additional video hosting hardware.


Customizations & integrations High customization and integration costs because on-premises systems are usually heavily customizable to improve developer tools and integration with existing systems.


Low customization costs because SaaS systems offer limited customization options. However, this may change with increasing customization and integration options in SaaS systems.


Maintenance & management


High cost for video hosting infrastructure maintenance, monitoring and management of on-premises infrastructure such as power, cooling, rackspace, site maintenance etc.


Low cost basic maintenance fees bundled into subscription fees. 


Medium costs for support included in annual maintenance contracts.


Basic support is bundled in monthly subscription fees but there is a high cost for premium support options.
Operational/ monthly expense


Low operational expenses as there are fewer extra charges on top the annual contract.


High operational expenses due to monthly expenditure on cloud subscription and usage costs for video hosting application.
Bandwidth Medium-high cost for bandwidth consumption for video hosting application; buy and install more computing resources to increase bandwidth. 


High cost for bandwidth usage if bandwidth usage is less predictable and customer might end up using a lot on bandwidth depending on video hosting workflows. Unpredictable bandwidth usage could be cost-prohibitive in case of a cloud video hosting scenario.


Downtime cost More downtime experienced on-premises incurring higher business costs and revenue losses as a result.


Cloud providers like Microsoft guaranteeing SLA of over 99% uptime means downtime cost is significantly minimized.


Resource planning (scaling up/ scaling down) High cost for scaling up because video hosting hardware has to be bought and setup; high cost for storing over-provisioned hardware once usage drops because scaling down is not easy or practical.


Medium cost for scaling up as customer is charged for increased usage of resources; no video hosting hardware expense; no cost-inefficiencies as user can scale down anytime, no over-provision cost.


Hardware replacement Video hosting hardware replaced every 3-4 years, again incurring high costs for capital expenditure.


Low cost as vendors pays for hardware replacements and customers pays small incremental costs.




High cost for in-house video hosting software upgrades and feature enhancements because it is expensive and time-consuming.


Upgrades are automatic and often included in the monthly subscription fees costs.


High costs for onsite security and compliance policy implementation.


Security and compliance expenses borne by the cloud vendor or adjusted in cloud services; free services charged once they surpass the restriction threshold.
Backup & disaster recovery


Medium costs of on-site backup is stored onsite or offsite for disaster recovery.


Backup and recovery cost include in cloud membership/ subscription cost.
Other costs


Insurance costs; antivirus; unplanned repair in case of server crashes and data recovery


Maxed out virtual server can inflate costs overtime; to many registered admin



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What about the intangible video hosting costs?

Taking a deeper dive into cloud’s intangible video hosting capabilities reveals cloud has become essential to most 21st century video-driven work culture. With organizations becoming increasingly globalized, the need for greater accessibility, mobility and scalability in a secure environment has expended into all arenas of business – all of which is further facilitated by cloud-enabled video hosting.

Following are ways in which cloud-enabled video hosting enables modern business culture to thrive outside the bounds of geographic limitations:

Mobility: With cloud video hosting, employees in an organization are free to utilize all streaming video and digital media content anytime, anywhere, which allows them the flexibility to work on the go while travelling, work remotely, or while working from home.

Accessibility: Cloud video hosting makes all digital media accessible on any device, may it be laptops, smartphone, or tablets, giving employees the convenience to use whichever device they prefer. Cloud video hosting also encourages organizations to promote ‘bring your own device’ culture to save costs.

Security: Major cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon (to name a few) have employed the highest level of technological security and compliance policies in their cloud ecosystem, which provides highly fortified security and compliance for all cloud video hosting. 

Scalability: Cloud solutions are infinitely scalable which gives organizations the ability and flexibility to scale their video hosting and digital media capabilities and operations, and innovate without worrying about physical expansion of the video hosting infrastructure or resources.  

Centralization: Cloud offers centralized access to all video hosting infrastructure, which is best suited for companies operating multiple offices in different geographical locations with a geographically dispersed employee base.  

For more information regarding VIDIZMO's cloud vs. on-premises video hosting costs, please contact us or sign up for a free 30-day trial

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