All you need to know about AEM Assets as a Cloud Service
The new 'AEM Assets as a cloud service' which is part of AEM as a cloud (platform as a service solution) provides Digital Asset Management capabilities(storage, managing metadata online, versioning, upload and download) with below extended features.
1. Based on asset microservices(asset ingestion and processing).
2. Smart capabilities, such as AI/ML
3. Highly scalable
4. Always current
5. Always available
6. Auto scaled, deployed and monitored
Assets as a Cloud Service Vs AEM Asset upload on premise
Assets as a Cloud Service uses direct binary access principle for upload and download - Previously Assets were uploaded directly to AEM author instance for processing.
Assets as a Cloud Service uses 'asset microservices' for asset processing, which is external to AEM - But in older AEM versions, all process happened within AEM.
In Assets as a Cloud Service DAM Asset Update Not available [ asset microservices provide a scalable, readily available service that covers most of the default asset processing (renditions, metadata extraction, text extraction for indexing)]. But in older AEM we had DAM Asset Update workflow as default.