On-premises software

On-premises software (commonly misstated as on-premise, and alternatively abbreviated "on-prem")[1] is installed and runs on computers on the premises of the person or organization using the software, rather than at a remote facility such as a server farm or cloud. On-premises software is sometimes referred to as “shrinkwrap” software, and off-premises software is commonly called “software as a service” ("SaaS") or “cloud computing”.


There is some debate as to the grammatical correctness of the term on-premise as a synonym for on-premises.[2][3][4] In normal English usage, a premise is a proposition or presupposition in a logical argument, while premises (as well as being the plural of premise) means a property and its grounds, and is used only in the plural form.[5] People have mistakenly used what they believe to be the singular form premise, yet such use is incorrect in common or legal contexts.[6] When referring to technology, many companies and news sources commonly misuse the term on-premise such that it has become a common variant of on-premises.[7] [8]

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