Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations Deployment Options
Posted on: September 19, 2019 | By: Guy Logan | Microsoft Dynamics AX/365
What are my deployment options?
If you decide to use Dynamics 365, you’ll have three options when it comes to how you host and access your software: cloud, on-premises, or hybrid deployment. Regardless of which apps you choose, whether you license them individually or as part of a plan, or how many users you have, the options remain consistent.
Dynamics 365 in the cloud
Option number one, and the most popular choice for Dynamics 365 users, is deploying in the cloud. Cloud-based instances of Dynamics 365 are hosted on Azure, Microsoft’s web services platform. Azure allows programs and services to be built, tested, deployed, and managed from a network of managed data centers located across the globe.
Hosting your software in the cloud essentially means that everything, from the program itself to your data, is stored online. Using the cloud means that you don’t physically own the software you’re using, and it’s not run from your own computer.
Rather than purchasing a copy of the software and installing it on individual devices, you access it through the internet. In the same way that you’d log in to an email service provider website, like Hotmail or Gmail, to access your inbox, and draft and send messages. With a cloud-based instance of Dynamics 365, the software “lives” on Microsoft’s servers. Therefore, all you need to use it is an internet connection and a web browser.
As the software is hosted on its own servers, Microsoft is primarily responsible for maintaining all of your software infrastructure from their end. This includes managing security measures, issuing updates, and performing data backups.
Dynamics 365 on-premises
Referred to as Local Business Data by Microsoft, on-premises is the “traditional” way to deploy software. This allows users to host their Dynamics 365 software either on their own servers, or those of an IT partner.
Hosting on-premises means businesses keep all their data in-house. All communication with the cloud is switched off, and users are solely responsible for all maintenance of the software.
Dynamics 365 hybrid deployment
Also known as Cloud and Edge, hybrid deployments are fully integrated with the Microsoft cloud. With this option transactions and data are stored locally on the users’ own data center. This means users gain access to cloud-based services such as machine learning, business intelligence, and development sandboxes, but their data remains separate.
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