Microsoft Azure is an open, and flexible cloud platform to host your Dynamics GP instance. Azure can be quickly provisioned and gives you access to a reliable cloud infrastructure which removes the need for in-house hardware, thereby reducing IT overhead costs. It is a cost-effective option for businesses looking to quickly deploy applications and back-up data in the cloud. Since there are no hardware costs and Azure’s scalable platform means you only pay for consumption of data and power that you use, your organization can experience significant savings.
Microsoft has built huge, strategically placed datacentres at different geographic locations that connect high performance fibre-optic networks. These datacentres have a combined total of more than 1 million servers that provide continuous support to over 200 cloud services.
What's wrong with keeping my On-Premise solution?
Typically, an on-premise solution requires in-house IT staff members to maintain, repair and support a local server infrastructure, which can be prohibitively difficult due to the complexity of an on-premise deployment. As a customer with an on-premise solution, you are responsible for the data classification and accountability, client and end-point protection, identity and access management, application level control, network control, host infrastructure and physical security of your Microsoft Dynamics ERP deployment. Other on-premise challenges include renewing infrastructure every 5-6 years, anti-virus licences, managing and maintaining service infrastructure, expensive backup, DR and business continuity plans and testing, power hungry server room systems and monitoring required, and updating Windows.
So, why switch from On-Premise to Azure?
Here are 6 reasons why your business could benefit from transitioning from a traditional on-premise solution to Azure:
- Agility: Azure is fast in terms of deployment, operation, and scalability. This gives you a competitive advantage. Upgrades and patches can be applied in less time as well.
- Reduced Downtime: Equipment downtime is almost non-existent since you’re eliminating common on-premise problems such as maintenance, theft and damage.
- Flexible Deployment: In addition to deploying Dynamics GP in the cloud or on-premise, Microsoft Azure gives the option for hybrid deployment, which enables a user to select some workloads to host on Azure and keep other workloads on-premise or at the data centre
- Disaster Recovery: Unexpected flooding, power grid disruptions, fires, or worse, can all take down a datacenter and all the data within it. Less dramatic, but more common, are user errors and glitches, corrupting data without any sort of external disaster. Azure has options for data recovery built in. And backups are just as easy with real-time mirroring or taking a snapshot at critical intervals. Either way, your data is safe and ready if and when something does happen.
- Scalability: Azure solves the scalability problem. Click a button and more resources are available, for as long as you need. Is high season for your business over? No problem. Another click removes those extra resources… and their expense
- Availability: With Azure, high availability is built in. By hosting your Dynamics 365 software in the cloud, you don’t need to spend time and money managing your in-house servers and hardware. All you need to access your solution is an internet connection; there’s nothing to install on individual machines.
A Trustworthy Platform
Security is a big issue for any company these days. Although the adoption of the cloud has been accelerating, many organizations still have doubts when it comes to handing off their valuable business data and mission critical workloads to a third party. Microsoft has a full-time security team managing the Azure platform that only the biggest of companies could afford to match on their own. Microsoft also operates the Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center: a cybersecurity and defense facility manned by security experts and data scientists that work to protect Microsoft's cloud infrastructure, detecting and responding to threats around the clock. Microsoft invests over $1B a year in ensuring the security of their users and their digital property.
With Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions on Azure, you can concentrate on your own data, grow at your own pace, increase the speed of doing business, and reduce operating costs. If you’d like to learn more about how Azure can benefit your business, and to find out if switching to Azure is right for you,