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The Benefits of NAV on Azure for Small and Mid-Size Businesses


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Infrastructure as a Service offers significant cost and efficiency advantages to small and mid-size businesses when compared with on-premises datacenters. Provisioning tools first introduced in NAV 2013 R2 allow you to easily deploy your system on Microsoft’s cloud, Azure.

While the points below relate to the benefits of hosting NAV on Azure more generally, the insights are especially compelling for small and mid-size companies.

 

Less to Manage

Typically for small to mid-market businesses, IT staffing is limited and most companies would prefer to focus on key business objectives rather than hardware issues. Through migrating infrastructure and Dynamics NAV to an enterprise-class platform like Microsoft Azure, this worry is reduced.

Moving NAV to Azure means your business team and internal staff will likely not have to manage:

 

  • The equipment – servers, routers, network devices, etc.
  • Server software
  • Operating systems
  • Security for all of the equipment and software
  • Or, Backups of the software and data

 

Guaranteed Stability

 

Azure gives you a stable infrastructure platform backed by a strong Service Level Agreement.

Datacenters like Microsoft Azure have the ability to scale up which gives them higher levels of redundancy and availability. Ultimately, if you're paying for a geo-redundant hosting solution, it's likely that you won't experience any interruption in your service. In fact, contracts with cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure include Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that guarantee 99%+ uptime.

For additional SLA details, refer to Microsoft’s website.

 

 

Cost: Pay for Only What You Need

Azure provides a pay as you go, low cost subscription model where you only pay for what you need.

While the idea of paying "indefinitely" for a service can seem counter-intuitive when compared with buying something once (like in-house infrastructure), the benefits for small to mid-size businesses stem from Azure’s inherent flexibility.

With Azure, you can scale up or down on demand.  Leveraging a pay-as-you-go model, there are no upfront investments and no monthly or yearly commitments. This is different from traditional server hosting which charges you by the instance with a fixed cost per month. With Azure, you can either run or stop the VM, change its size, attach or detach disks, and configure endpoints and load balancer settings.

Azure also offers 6 and 12 month plans which save up to 32% (with a minimum commitment of $550 per month).  You can use Microsoft’s pricing calculator to determine baseline costs for your engagement.

 

 

Quick to Implement

With Azure, it’s easy to deploy new servers and migrate existing servers, resulting in less business interruption.

 

The service even includes a server Image Gallery to choose from several standard server types like Windows or SQL which can be created in minutes on the Azure platform.

 

 

It’s Secure

The best cloud providers, like Microsoft Azure, have invested in offering solid, highly standardized design and operational rigor that prioritizes security (for e.g. here is Azure’s compliance framework).

Azure is certified by information security standards including ISO 27001, or what we like to call the “good housekeeping seal of approval.” In addition to these certifications, most cloud providers have dedicated expert teams that are assigned to maintain and monitor these data centers.

 

Moving NAV to an enterprise-level cloud service like Azure (at an affordable price) is an option that has only become truly viable in the market in recent years. As the above points show, Azure introduces a lot of flexibility for businesses which makes it a great option for organizations that anticipate growth.

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