Yesterday FileMaker, Inc. announced the release of its cloud-based platform for managing and running custom apps, FileMaker Cloud. The offering provides the simplicity, performance and reliability of the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server.
FileMaker Cloud is currently only available in the United States and Canada.
Alongside FileMaker’s announcement they also released this useful table. It compares the differences between FileMaker Server and FileMaker Cloud so that customers can easily identify the method best suited for their needs.
|Hosting||You host your custom apps on premise.||Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosts your custom apps for you in the cloud.|
|Hardware costs||Need to invest in server-class hardware and budget for upgrades and maintenance.||No up-front hardware costs. Can leverage enterprise-class systems on Amazon Web Services (AWS).|
|Energy costs||Need to budget for electricity and cooling costs for server hardware.||No additional energy costs. Additionally, larger data centers are more energy efficient, thus more environmentally sustainable.|
|Licensing||Requires either an annual or perpetual FileMaker software license.||Requires an hourly or annual FileMaker software license, plus an AWS subscription that includes services such as EC2 (computing), EBS (storage), data transfer, and email messages.|
|IT impact||Requires someone to perform administrative tasks.||Minimal impact to existing technical staff.|
|Deployment||Requires time to set up hardware, install operating system, and install and configure FileMaker Server software.||No hardware setup needed. Deployment occurs in 20 minutes or less.|
|Maintenance||Monitoring and OS updates must be scheduled.||Monitoring, OS updates, and software patches are automatic.|
|Backups||Need to create and manage backup schedules. Any backup can be used to recover data.||When auto-maintenance is enabled, a backup is preserved automatically every day. Preserve as many backups as needed. Restore data from any preserved backup.|
|Scalability||May need to buy additional hardware and spend time with setup and configuration.||Can quickly scale up for fast-paced growth or scale down after seasonal demand periods.|
|Disaster recovery||Files may be affected if the server in your office goes down or is damaged.||Files are hosted offsite at AWS so they’re not affected if there is an emergency in your office or immediate area.|
|Internet connection speed||Data can be accessed via private data centers and across private LAN connections.||Access to data is dependent on an Internet connection or WAN network.|
|Security||You are responsible for the physical security of your server hardware.||AWS is responsible for the physical security of the server hardware.|
|Certificates||No certificate included. Need to purchase and install SSL certificate.||Comes with 90-day trial Comodo SSL certificate. After 90 days, renew the certificate or install your own SSL certificate.|
|Authentication||Supports external authentication via Active Directory/Open Directory.||Supports custom app authentication via FileMaker user accounts only.|
|Network Uptime||Dependent on your internal network and system. High availability can be resource intensive – costing both time and money.||AWS EC2 Service Level Agreement is a monthly uptime of 99.95%.|
|Automation||Schedule server scripts as needed.||Not able to schedule server scripts.|
|ESS||Supported||Supported, except for ESS Adapter.|
|ODBC/JDBC||Supported. Drivers need to be installed.||Supported. Drivers are provided.|
|Plug-ins||Supported||Supported. Check with your provider for availability of specific plug-ins.|
|Custom Web Publishing with PHP and XML||Supported||Not supported|