Updated: Apr 25, 2021
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application that provides the framework for managing an eLearning program. While some large companies choose to run their LMS on-premises, most small to mid-sized organizations choose to work with a cloud-based system offered by a third-party LMS vendor. In recent years, as LMS technologies have continued to evolve, a multi-tenant approach to LMS deployments has gained in popularity. This is especially true for consulting firms and training organizations that want to deploy private eLearning environments to monetize their knowledge and expertise with their clients.
Single Tenant v Multi-Tenant LMS
In SaaS technology, a single tenant architecture is a single instance of the software deployed to serve one customer with dedicated supporting infrastructure for that single instance. In a single tenant deployment, each customer leverages their own independent database and instance of the application. There is no sharing of resources in a single tenant deployment.
In a multi-tenant architecture, a single instance of the application and its supportive infrastructure is deployed to serve multiple customers or “tenants”. Each client shares the software application along with a single, shared database. However, each client’s data is isolated so it is not visible or accessible to the other tenants.
The Benefits of a Multi-Tenant LMS Architecture
A multi-tenant architecture can offer several unique and powerful benefits for LMS users:
The architecture allows for the cost for the environment to be distributed, and those savings (from the LMS vendor) can be transferred to the cost of the application.
In working with a multi-tenant LMS, you can deploy new learning environments quickly. This dynamic approach to eLearning can be extremely valuable for any organization that needs to “spin up” new learning portals on-demand.
A multi-tenant LMS allows for the segmenting and scaling of eLearning programs by logically separating environments by client, location, division, or some other approach.
With multitenancy, upgrades are automatically pushed out to all deployed instances of the applications, thus streamlining the process and ensuring that each client is working with the “latest and greatest” version of the application.
The Revenue Opportunity for Multi-Tenant LMS Resellers
A multi-tenant LMS can be an ideal supporting application for consulting, corporate training, and other organizations looking to create new revenue stream through eLearning and training.
LMS Portals provides our reseller partners with a cloud-based, multi-tenant LMS that allows them to create private, customized eLearning environments on-demand. In working with our system, you can quickly and easily deploy new learning portals to support training engagements of any length of time and any number of students. And each portal you launch has its own branding, user onboarding, collaboration and messaging tools, analytics, and more.