Multi-tenant systems, if managed and executed well, can work wonders for enterprises. In particular, a multi-tenant application can contribute to big savings through the reduction of development and deployment expenses of enterprises that develop applications. These savings can positively impact the end-user experience by increasing their competitive advantages.
Multi-tenant environments generate cost savings through the sharing of resources among different tenants within an environment. It’s like tenants have access to their respective units in a building: Landlords and managers have access to all units, and all parties share the same resources/utilities like electricity, water, and gas. Following this logic, all available resources in a multi-tenancy environment are maximized. Because users are sharing resources, the costs of said resources are shouldered by all.
However, there are drawbacks to utilizing a multi-tenancy approach. One of the major concerns is the potential risks around security and compliance. Corrupted data and security breaches occurring in one tenant can spread to other users of the same shared environment. Not to mention that even if a multi-tenant space is secure, some organizations won’t be able to store data within the infrastructure if it violates their regulatory requirements.
In short, with multi-tenant systems, there is a lot to think about. This O’Reilly eBook, Effective Multi-Tenant Distributed Systems: Challenges and Solutions When Running Complex Environments, will help you get to grips with the complexities of multi-tenant environments.
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