Microsoft has announced general availability of a hybrid Dynamics 365 scenario to deliver upon the demand of the customers. The 'local business data' or 'edge' option is available since July 1 and allows companies to deploy and run their Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (On-premise), Enterprise edition in their own data centers or in third party data centers.
What is the advantage of Dynamics 365 On-premise?
Not every organization is ready to store their business critical data in the cloud, this might be due to regulations, cloud adoption, recent hardware or data center investments or organizational strategy. The Dynamics 365 local business data option supports running your business processes on-premises, local transactions and storage of local business data, without replication of business data to the Microsoft cloud. In these cases, the typical replication of business data in Azure (referenced in the cloud and edge scenario) is simply switched off.
Customers now have the choice, the option to turn on or turn off cloud synchronization of their business data. If customers turn off the cloud synchronization option, their business data doesn't leave trustee’s boundaries. The disadvantage of this is that powerful functions like, embedded Power BI, Aggregated Views and Azure Machine Learning services based efficiencies, are not available when Cloud Data synchronization is turned off.
Customers can also choose to take advantage of the embedded intelligence functions by simply turning on data synchronization to the cloud and the cloud-based Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) functions, including diagnostics, monitoring, usage telemetry, and production updates, are provided through Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS). LCS is required for efficient upkeep and operation of Dynamics 365 for Operations solutions in all deployment options.
For the local business data deployment scenario, the application servers and SQL database will run in the customer’s or third party data center. Service providers like SaaSplaza can manage the application lifecycle through LCS in the Microsoft Cloud, including designing the business processes, creating and deploying the software image to deploy onto the on-premises nodes, monitoring the on-premises nodes in a system health dashboard, and keeping up with innovation from Microsoft.
Choosing the right deployment option
With over 15 years of experience in cloud and 8+ years exclusive focus on Microsoft Dynamics, SaaSplaza is able to advise on the best fit of Dynamics 365 for the requirements of the business. Contact us today so we can discuss your business needs. This on-premise option for Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise Edition, gives customers the freedom of choice and flexibility to change later, either from full cloud to cloud and edge to local business data. You can move in either direction depending on your business needs.
New and existing customers will have paths forward to license both local business data and cloud and edge deployments. Existing investments will continue to be accounted for in Microsoft licensing. Customers can license local business data deployments via a Dynamics 365 for Operations license with Software Assurance/Enhancement Plan or a subscription model. Customers with active Microsoft Dynamics Enhancement Plans or Software Assurance, may upgrade to local business data as they remain entitled to access new versions and updates. Transitions to Dynamics 365 cloud subscriptions are available to customers with active Microsoft Dynamics Enhancement Plans or Software Assurance. Cloud and edge software and services will be licensed under the existing Dynamics 365 cloud subscription licensing model.
Contact SaaSplaza to discuss your business needs for Dynamics 365 On-premise