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On-Premise Digital Signage Software Still Has It’s Place

In today’s evolving digital landscape, cloud-based software solutions often steal the spotlight when it comes to digital signage software. However, amidst the ever-growing popularity of cloud-based options, on-premise digital signage software remains a relevant and powerful choice for many businesses.

In this blog post, we will delve into the reasons why on-premise digital signage software, particularly Navori QL, still has its place in the industry. We will explore its unique advantages for businesses seeking greater control, cost predictability, and security over their digital signage operations.

Most Digital Signage Companies No Longer Provide On-Premise Options

While many Digital Signage Software companies have abandoned on-premise, Navori continues to offer its Navori Digital Signage Software in both cloud-hosted (SaaS) and on-premise server models.

The 3 main reasons why most digital signage companies have moved to cloud offerings only  appear to be:

  • IT managers and security governance officers have warmed up to the idea of cloud-based software in recent years, no longer immediately ruling it out as a viable option.
  • Software providers like the consistent and recurring revenue generated by the SaaS model, which is typically offered to customers as a monthly or annual subscription.
  • Developing and supporting both On-Premise and Cloud-Based software is hard! Companies likely found that they sell more cloud-based solutions and that they can save time and resources by only offering that cloud option.

Navori Remains Committed to Offering Cloud AND On-Premise Options

Navori Labs, however, is a true software engineering company that is not afraid to do what is hard in order to provide solutions that can suit all businesses. They found that while more and more end-users tend to prefer a cloud (SaaS) based option, there is still a large market for on-premise digital signage software.

In reality, on-premise digital signage remains the preferred choice of large, security-conscious companies and digital signage network operators. The main reasons are centered around security, control, and cost of ownership.

It’s with these reasons in mind that Navori Labs remains committed to offering on-premise digital signage software to its growing list of partners, end-users, and digital signage operators.

It is also worth noting that both the Cloud and Self-Hosted versions of Navori support all the same award-winning features and toolsets that Navori users know and love.

The Case For On-Premise Digital Signage Servers

Here are some benefits of using on-premise digital signage software:

  • Control and Customization: On-premise software provides companies with greater control over their applications and data. They have the flexibility to customize the software according to their specific requirements, integrate it with other internal systems, and make changes as needed.
  • Security and Data Governance: On-premise software allows companies to have direct control over their data and security measures. They can implement their own security protocols, encryption standards, and access controls, providing a higher level of data protection. This can be important for organizations that handle sensitive data.
  • Cost Predictability: While the upfront costs of on-premise software can be higher due to infrastructure investments and licensing fees, companies often benefit from long-term cost predictability. Furthermore, after 2 years of use, the perpetual pricing model of Navori’s on-premise software results in annual cost savings vs. the subscription-based model of their cloud-based offering.
  • Performance and Latency: On-premise software can offer faster response times and lower latency since it is hosted within the company’s own infrastructure. This can be advantageous for applications that require real-time processing or deal with large amounts of data.
  • Compliance and Regulatory Requirements: Certain industries have strict compliance and regulatory requirements that govern data storage, privacy, and access control. On-premise software allows organizations to have full visibility and control over their compliance efforts, ensuring they meet specific legal obligations without relying on third-party providers.

It’s worth noting that while on-premise software offers these benefits, it also comes with responsibilities such as infrastructure management, maintenance, and upgrades. In some cases, a hybrid approach combining both options may also be suitable.

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Industries Where On-Premise Remains the Preferred Choice

Cloud-based solutions are popular, but some industries still prefer on-premise digital signage software. Here’s why certain sectors choose on-premise options:

  • Healthcare: In healthcare, patient data privacy is crucial. On-premise digital signage software helps healthcare facilities control their data and comply with privacy laws like HIPAA. This ensures sensitive patient information stays secure.
  • Government and Public Sector: Government bodies often handle confidential information and follow strict security rules. On-premise software gives them full control over their signage networks, safeguarding data and reducing the risk of unauthorized access. It also fits well with existing systems and works offline, which is useful during internet outages.
  • Finance and Banking: The finance sector deals with sensitive financial data and operates under tight regulations. On-premise digital signage software keeps data private and complies with rules like Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). It securely displays real-time financial updates and personalized messages, minimizing risks linked to cloud-based options.
  • Education: Schools and universities need flexible and secure digital signage. On-premise software lets them manage content creation, scheduling, and distribution, while protecting student data privacy. It’s also reliable in areas with poor or unstable internet connections.

In these sectors, on-premise digital signage software meets needs around data security, compliance, control, and customization. By using on-premise solutions, these industries can make the most of digital signage while upholding high security and operational standards.

On-Prem is a no brainer for Digital Signage Network Operators

Navori Labs is the #1 provider of OEM digital signage software in the world.

For DSOs bringing the magic of Navori software to the world, on-premise servers are the weapon of choice. DSOs prefer on-premise for a couple of important reasons:

  • Network Ownership: As discussed earlier in this post, when businesses go with Navori on-premise they are buying the licenses to own them. By owning the licenses, they also effectively own the digital signage network of their customers. This is important because it offers DSOs the peace of mind that their software provider cannot effectively cut them out and go directly to the end user offering cloud-based licenses directly.
  • Long-Term Financial Incentives: The pricing models of Navori SaaS vs. Navori On-Premise typically intersect around the two-year mark. This means that after two years, the operators are effectively saving money annually when compared to what their annual cost to operate cloud-based licenses would be.

On-Premise Digital Signage Best Practices:

To optimize the benefits of on-premise servers for your digital signage software, consider the following best practices:

  • Regular Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning: Implement a robust backup system to ensure the integrity and availability of your digital signage content. Regularly back up your data and develop a disaster recovery plan to minimize downtime in the event of hardware failure or unforeseen incidents.
  • Network Security and Access Controls: Strengthen the security of your on-premise server by implementing measures such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and regular security audits. Additionally, enforce access controls to restrict unauthorized access to your server and digital signage software.
  • Scalability and Future Expansion: Plan for future growth and scalability by selecting an on-premise server solution that can accommodate increased capacity and additional screens. Consider the need for multi-site deployments and ensure that your server infrastructure can scale.
  • Performance Monitoring and Optimization: Regularly monitor the performance of your server to identify any bottlenecks or areas for improvement. Optimize your server configuration, network settings, and software parameters to ensure optimal performance and responsiveness.

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In conclusion…

In conclusion, Navori Labs continues to offer on-premise digital signage software due to its numerous advantages and suitability for certain businesses. While cloud-based solutions have gained popularity, on-premise software provides businesses with greater control over their digital signage infrastructure, data security, and content management.