AEM Deployment Options – On-Premise, Managed Service & Cloud Service



After reading this Article, You should have an understanding of:

  • Introduction to AEM deployment options
  • Technical considerations for AEM deployment
  • Comparison between On-Premise, Managed & Cloud deployment
  • Best practices for AEM deployment


Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) offers a range of deployment options to suit different organizational needs and preferences. It clearly depends on what you aim to achieve with AEM. Are you looking to build a new website, revamp an existing one, or create a personalized digital experience platform? Different deployment options have their own set of benefits and considerations, from the control and customization possible with on-premises deployment to the operational efficiency and innovation speed of AEM as a cloud service.

Hence, without any further delay, let’s get started:

Technical considerations for AEM deployment

  • Flexibility vs. Ease of Management: AEM On-Premise provides maximum flexibility but requires more effort in terms of management. AEM’s cloud service-based management makes it easy for organizations to focus on content and experiences.
  • Cost: The cost of AEM on-premise may be higher than that of AEM as a cloud service, but AEM as a cloud service typically has a subscription-based pricing model that spreads costs over time.
  • Updates and Maintenance: The use of AEM as a cloud service can make updates and maintenance simpler since Adobe takes care of these aspects. On-premise solutions require organizations to manage updates and maintenance tasks.
  • Scalability: Cloud-based solutions (managed service and cloud service) have better scalability options than on-premise solutions, which may necessitate more manual intervention to scale up.
  • Security: Adobe Implement robust security measures to protect your AEM environment for cloud services. On-premises organizations must take care.
  • Code deployment : On-premises, organizations have control over the code deployment tool, but for managed & cloud services, they must use the Adobe pipeline.

Comparison between On-Premise, Managed & Cloud deployment

Feature AEM On-Premise AEM Managed Service(AMS) AEM as Cloud Service(AEMaaS)
Deployment and Hosting On Organization servers Organizational cloud/data center Fully Adobe cloud-based
Management Organization manage everything Adobe manages AEM, and organizations manage infrastructure Adobe manages everything
Scalability Manual scaling Manual scaling Automatic scaling
Security Organization are responsible Shared responsibility Adobe is responsible
Cost Upfront hardware and software costs plus ongoing maintenance Subscription-based pricing Subscription-based pricing

Best practices for AEM deployment

Deploying Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) involves a set of best practices to ensure a smooth and efficient deployment process.

  • Environment Separation: Maintain separate environments for development, testing, staging, and production. This helps in isolating changes, testing new features, and ensuring stability before deployment to production.
  • Version Control: Use version control systems like Git to manage code and configuration changes. This enables tracking of changes, collaboration among team members, and easy rollback in case of issues.
  • Automated Deployment: Implement automated deployment pipelines to streamline the deployment process. Use continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) tools like Jenkins, Bamboo, or Adobe CI/CD pipeline.
  • Configuration Management: Manage AEM configurations using tools like OSGI configuration & Run mode. It maintains separate configuration sets for each environment to avoid configuration drift and ensure consistency.
  • Content Migration: Plan and execute content migrations carefully, especially when upgrading or migrating between AEM versions. Utilize Adobe’s AEM migration tool or third-party migration solutions to automate and streamline the migration process.
  • Performance Optimization: Optimize AEM performance by tuning configurations, implementing caching strategies, and leveraging CDNs. Regularly monitor performance metrics and optimize as needed to ensure an optimal user experience.
  • Backup and Recovery: Establish robust backup and disaster recovery procedures to mitigate the risk of data loss and downtime. Regularly backup AEM repositories, configurations, and content, and have a tested recovery plan in place.
  • Monitoring and Alerting: Implement comprehensive monitoring and alerting solutions to track system health, performance, and security incidents.


  • So in this post, we tried to cover the AEM deployment options and their comparisons. Also, we saw the best practices for AEM deployments. I hope you enjoyed this post. In the next session, I will explain Adobe Cloud Manager , Cloud Manager Access  and Cloud Manager Environment Repository and Pipeline. If you find it useful, leave us a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions to make it better. Also, you can connect with me on LinkedIn.

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