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Reference Architecture for Multitenancy: Enterprise Computing "in the Cloud"

Published: 03 December 2008

ID: G00163395

Analyst(s): Yefim Natis


Multitenancy is a distinct characteristic of cloud-based business application environments (aka SaaS). To achieve multitenancy, some providers take expedient shortcuts, while others invest in discontinuous change. Know the difference between these approaches to make informed choices.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Recommendations
  • What You Need to Know
  • Multitenancy
  • The Models of Multitenancy
    • Isolated Tenancy (Shared Nothing)
    • Multitenancy via Shared Hardware (Elastic Virtualization)
    • Multitenancy via Shared Process
    • Multitenancy via Shared Everything
    • Multitenancy via Custom Application Design
  • Strategic Outlook
  • Enterprise IT Impact

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