Odoo Deployment Strategies: On-Premises vs. Cloud, Single vs. Distributed and Odoo Enterprise
Exploring Options for Odoo Deployment
Odoo Deployment Strategies: On-Premises vs. Cloud, Single vs. Distributed and Odoo Enterprise
JD Berkowitz 18 May, 2023
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Odoo Deployment Options

Odoo is a flexible and scalable business application platform that can be deployed in various ways to suit the unique needs of your business. This article will explore the different deployment strategies, including on-premises versus cloud deployment, single versus distributed setups, and related topics like disaster recovery and high availability.

On-Premises Deployment

On-premises deployment refers to installing and running Odoo on your own physical servers. This strategy provides you with full control over your infrastructure and data. It is often chosen by businesses with strict regulatory compliance requirements or those who want to leverage existing hardware infrastructure. However, managing an on-premises setup requires a significant amount of time and resources, as you are responsible for server maintenance, data backup, disaster recovery, and software upgrades.

Cloud Deployment

Cloud deployment means running Odoo on a virtual server in the cloud. This strategy provides a lot of flexibility and scalability. With cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure, you can quickly scale up or down your server resources based on your business needs. The cloud provider takes care of most of the server maintenance and often provides tools for data backup and disaster recovery. However, you have less control over your data and must rely on the cloud provider for security and compliance.

Bitnami is a great way to explore Odoo for your business, they offer images for popular cloud platforms and containers for desktop and development.  More information on the Odoo installers can be found at https://bitnami.com/stack/odoo 

Single Instance vs. Distributed Setup

A single instance setup means running your entire Odoo system on one server. This is the simplest way to deploy Odoo and is sufficient for small businesses with light system load. However, as your business grows, you may start experiencing performance issues with a single instance setup.

On the other hand, a distributed setup splits the Odoo system across multiple servers. For example, you can have one server for the Odoo application, another for the PostgreSQL database, and another for the file store. A distributed setup can handle much more system load and provides better performance. However, it is more complex to set up and manage.

High Availability and Disaster Recovery

High availability (HA) refers to a system design approach that ensures your Odoo system remains accessible even if part of the system fails. This often involves setting up redundant servers and load balancers.

Disaster recovery (DR) refers to the strategies and procedures put in place to recover your Odoo system and data in case of a disaster like a server crash or data loss. This usually involves regular data backup and a recovery plan.

When deploying Odoo, it's important to consider both HA and DR. Cloud providers often provide tools to set up HA and DR, while for on-premises setups, you would need to implement these yourself or you can remove the headache of managing your server stack by implementing Odoo Enterprise on Odoo Cloud Online.

Enter Odoo Enterprise: A Comprehensive Business Suite

Odoo serves as a comprehensive business software platform, accommodating the needs of businesses regardless of their size and industry. The Enterprise cloud system is designed to be highly available and includes disaster recovery. It drastically reduces the hassle and cost of private deployment of a community instance.

The Community version of Odoo, an open-source offering, is freely accessible to everyone, while the Enterprise version, a paid option, broadens the scope of the Community version by providing enhanced features and services specifically designed for larger corporations and enterprises.

Odoo Enterprise is a robust and adaptable solution that is capable of fulfilling the diverse requirements of various business types. Although the Community version presents an excellent entry point for smaller businesses or those operating on tighter budgets, the Enterprise version provides an extensive array of tools and support, facilitating more effective and efficient business operations. Let's delve deeper into the array of features and advantages that Odoo Enterprise has to offer.

Extended Features and Functionalities

Odoo Enterprise includes all of the functionalities of the Community version and expands on them with additional premium modules and features. These include:

  1. Studio: This is a tool that allows you to customize the interface and create new applications without needing to write code.

  2. Mobile app: The Enterprise version comes with a mobile app, which is not available for the Community version. The app gives you access to all your Odoo applications directly from your mobile device. The community app can be built as a PWA and deployment to app stores, contact me for more information.

  3. Improved usability: The Enterprise version offers a more polished user interface and user experience with improved designs and navigation.

  4. Built In Recovery: Applications are safe from typical safety concerns such as infrastructure attacks and prompt safety patches.

  5. Additional Security: Cloud deployment offers regular updates to address security vulnerabilities in core code and infrastructure.

  6. Additional modules: There are additional modules available in the Enterprise version, such as Helpdesk, Manufacturing, Accounting, Field Service, and eLearning.

Upgrades and Support

One of the key benefits of Odoo Enterprise is the access to regular upgrades and professional support. With the Enterprise version, you get access to the latest features and improvements through regular updates. Additionally, you have direct access to Odoo's professional support services to assist you with any problems or questions.

Hosting Options

Odoo Enterprise can be hosted on Odoo's cloud, on-premises, or on your own private cloud. This provides flexibility depending on your business needs and preferences.


Odoo Enterprise is a subscription-based service with pricing that depends on the number of users you choose to include in your plan. Prices start as little as $31/mo and are currently $39/mo per user for a standard subscription which includes cloud hosting and access to all apps. While for $59/mo per user for everything in standard plus access to the powerful Odoo Studio, multi-company configurations, external API access and multiple deployment strategies. If your business is growing, the large set of features all for one price can save thousands of dollars over similar solutions. For large accounts negotiated rates are possible and annual discounts are typically about 20%.


The right Odoo deployment strategy depends on your business size, regulatory requirements, budget, and technical capabilities. Whether you choose an on-premises or cloud deployment, a single instance or distributed setup, make sure to consider high availability and disaster recovery in your plan.

At Discourse Digital, we specialize in design and deployment and can help you choose and implement the right strategy for your business.

As always, we are here to help you navigate the world of Odoo. Whether you're considering implementing Odoo Enterprise or need help optimizing your current Odoo system, don't hesitate to reach out. We are experts in Odoo development and management, and we're here to ensure you get the most out of your Odoo system. Stay tuned for more Odoo topics, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need professional Odoo services!

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