Odoo is one of the most popular web-based ERP solutions out there, and choosing the right hosting solution for your Odoo implementation is a crucial task. Odoo has two editions, namely Odoo Community Edition and Odoo Enterprise Edition. Enterprise edition has been on the rise in these years, and it keeps on growing with more features added each passing year. There are multiple ways you can host your Odoo Enterprise edition, which we will go through below.
Types of Odoo Hosting
There are 3 different ways you can host your Odoo Enterprise edition. We are not considering Odoo Online today since it doesn’t provide any methods to customize the system as per our needs apart from the Odoo Studio.
The three hosting solutions are Cloud hosting, Odoo.sh, and On-premise hosting.
Even though Odoo.sh is basically a cloud hosting method, we are not considering it as part of cloud hosting since by using Odoo.sh you can achieve more than what you get using a cloud hosting by default.
In the case of cloud hosting, we can host our Odoo Enterprise system through various cloud instance providers like AWS, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean, Microsoft Azure, Hetzner, Contabo, Alibaba, etc. In all these cases, we need to get a cloud instance and install Odoo by ourselves using Odoo’s official documentation or using any installation script available.
In Odoo.sh, we get three instances, Production Environment, Staging Environment, and Development Environment, with three different databases. We don’t need to install Odoo and only need to configure Odoo as per our needs. Odoo will fetch the code from a GitHub repository and will build the latest changes without any user intervention. We can test all our code in the Development environment and then deploy the same to staging if all the tests are passing. Once the staging is also validated by the client, the changes can be pushed to the production environment. Shell access, logs, database backups, etc., are all available through the Odoo.sh dashboard, which is very useful and intuitive. We don’t need to worry about anything apart from the custom code and configuration in this case.
On-premise hosting, just like cloud hosting, we need to install and configure Odoo ourselves. In this case, we also need to maintain the server on which Odoo is installed ourselves. The major advantage of on-premise hosting is that we can use Odoo on systems if connected to the same network of the server on which Odoo is installed. Even in the case of network outages, this can be really helpful. But maintaining a server with proper security measures is a hectic task and requires special manpower.
From these, we can understand that there are advantages and disadvantages to each solution and we need to choose one as per our needs.