(Cloud)Tip of the Day: On-Premises

Today’s (Cloud) Tip…On-Premises

Hang out in the cloud space for even a brief amount of time and you will hear someone make a comparison between cloud services and traditional applications installed locally. What you won’t hear is consistency on how to describe these local services. Personally, I prefer the term “on-premises”. You will also often hear the term “on-premise”. I won’t ever stand up and correct someone publically, but as the son of an English minor, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least touch on this.

According to Dictionary.com:


a tract of land including its buildings

building together with its grounds or other appurtenances

the property forming the subject of a conveyance or bequest


proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion

Based on this, the correct term is “on-premises”.

FYI:  Internally most of us just say “on-prem”.

Comments (2)

  1. Richard Hicks says:

    The Microsoft Manual of Style [ISBN 0735648719] also calls for the use of "on-premises". 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just popped in to say I love that you took the time to write this up. 90% of the time, I hear "on-prem", but now that you pointed this out, it’s going to take everything I have in me not to correct people when I hear on-premise. I really shouldn’t be correcting
    anyone with my poor grammar skills.

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