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Is Self-Hosted AEM Still a Thing? - Revisited in Today’s Edge Delivery World

Today’s marketing technology world is a strange one, even without all the noise around generative AI. There’s a whole counterculture around “cloud repatriation” - of moving core business infrastructure back to company-owned facilities rather than 3rd-party public clouds. But at the same time, there are shockingly good services like Adobe’s new Edge Delivery Service, as well as frequent upgrades and updates to Adobe’s Experience Manager Cloud Service solution stack, that makes the landscape all the more challenging to decipher.

So with that, it’s time to once again post the question: Is self-hosted AEM still a thing?

We’re soon going to be doing a second iteration of asking that question live, and would like to bring in as many OPINIONATED folks as possible to answer.

Here are some points for you to consider:

To further stoke your wits on this subject, here are a few recent & related podcasts we’ve done on the subject.

Is Self-Hosted AEM Still a Thing - with Joey Smith: our last-year tackle of this subject, before Edge Delivery was GA and while Helix was still operating below the radar and no sites had gone live with it:

The infrastructure-disruption Adobe Summit recap where several people reached out to me to ask if I was OK, or had been kidnapped & held against my will, due to my complete about-face on the subject of Edge Delivery.

This is all added to the fact that there are AMAZING new services that further complicate the mix, as they solve for a number of the problems that some cloud & on-prem hosting solutions suffer from.

Examples are the mind-boggling StreamX event streaming service which solves for many of the performance problems of serving dynamic content FAST in either an Edge Delivery or on-prem AEM secenario.

Or also think with Chinafy, which solves for a lot of the infrastructure issues which would cause one to have to deploy resources inside the borders of mainland China.

Want to chat about this on our podcast, or have questions about how this affects YOUR scenarios? Please reach out!

About the Author

Tad Reeves
Principal Architect at Arbory Digital

AEM Architect & DevOps guy with 14 years experience on AEM/CQ and 25+ years in systems infrastructure. He’s been mountain biking longer than he’s been doing system administration, and though originally from Maine, makes his home in the mountains of Northwest Georgia.

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