Four Considerations – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central On-Premise or the Cloud 

Posted on: October 16, 2019 | By: Molly Kenney | Microsoft Dynamics Business Central

Logan Consulting is a trusted Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner based in Chicago. We specialize in Dynamics 365 implementation, customizations, upgrades & support including for Dynamics 365 Business Central. Clients often come to us with the concern of how they should deploy their Dynamics 365 Business Central solution on-premises or in the cloud? You can deploy Business Central either way and at Logan Consulting we support either model. Microsoft Dynamics 365 in the cloud has become increasingly popular and based on our client base, we can estimate that around 70 percent of our clients are deploying in the cloud as opposed to on-premises.  So, what is driving that and are there drawbacks to the Microsoft Dynamics 365  cloud? 

Infrastructure 

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a configurable solution that meets companies’ needs and drives user adoption. The cloud allows companies to remove costly infrastructure. With the cloud and Dynamics 365 Business Central, the infrastructure supporting your software is hosted by Microsoft in a secure data center which saves you time and many times costs less. Your environment (including test environments) is backed up so you do not have to worry about additional backup solutions, hardware issues, data loss, or corruption. In addition, no on-site servers are required to be patched, maintained and upgraded. 

Security 

A cloud-based solution is generally more secure than an on premises-based solution because most companies do not have a specific locked server room where they can keep their server secured. In addition, with attacks and hacking becoming more pervasive the average company has trouble keeping up.  The cloud-based software is hosted by Microsoft and they are responsible for maintaining the infrastructure on their end. Therefore, security and data backups are managed. In fact, there are specific regulations for data centers requiring companies to adhere to specific requirements on face penalties and fines. 

User Support 

In a cloud-based environment, Microsoft will ensure that users can access the solution via a desktop computer, the app on their phone or via an iPad or other tablet type device.  Essentially it is an anytime, anywhere, any device environment that is platform agnostic.  If you deploy on-premises your internal IT department will need to ensure that apps, browsers, and firewalls are all properly configured so that users can access Dynamics 365. 

Internet Access 

So, we have provided three reasons the cloud may be a better option, but what drawbacks or considerations are there for cloud deployments?  The biggest one would be internet access.  For your company to have access to a cloud-based solution, you must have reliable internet access.  Simply put, if you don’t have internet access you don’t have access to your solution.  For many, reliable internet access isn’t an issue, but if you have remote locations far from major population centers you may not have reliable internet access.  Even companies with excellent internet access consider having an inexpensive backup internet service available in case their primary provider experiences an outage. 

If you are interested in learning more Microsoft Dynamics 365 on-premises or cloud-based solutions, please feel free to contact Logan Consulting, your trusted Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner based in Chicago or watch our video series

 

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