Posted March 28th, 2017 by Cambridge Online
As businesses, we are usually wary of the unknown; unsure how something can benefit our business and whether it will be the best option. As a leading Microsoft Dynamics partner, we are always happy to share our expertise in the cloud, to help you gain a better understanding of fact and fiction.
1) The Cloud is not a new, scary concept
The Cloud has been around for many years; businesses have been taking advantage of its functionalities for much longer than we think. In fact, Microsoft’s Cloud platform, Azure, has been available since 2010!
2) You do have more than one option when moving to the Cloud with Microsoft Dynamics
In fact, you have 3:
• Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) refers to an external provider managing your businesses hardware
• Platform as a Service (PaaS) refers to an external provider managing your hardware AND your operating system
• Software as a Service (SaaS) refers to having all the above managed for you, as well as your Microsoft Dynamics Solution. All the worry and responsibility of the above two options are with the provider.
We can help you decide which option, or combination, suits you best; and remember, the Cloud is extremely flexible so you can adapt your Cloud strategy to suit your needs.
3) It is not impossible or costly to move your current solution over
In most cases, if for example you are currently using Dynamics NAV 2013, 2015, 2016 or 2017, we can essentially ‘pick up’ your solution and move it to the Cloud (often called ‘lift and shift’). This means that for companies with an existing investment in the software licensing but end-of-life hardware, it is an extremely cost effective option to start you on your Cloud strategy: removing the overhead of internal servers and providing the ease of access for mobile workers.
4) The Cloud is secure!
Think about Microsoft’s $$$ investment in the data centres and compare to your spend in the last five years! Not only does Cloud hosting remove the in-house possibilities of fire and theft but it also allows you to choose the level of accesses available.
5) Where’s my data?
The Cloud is a misnomer, the reality is large, nuclear proof data centres. For UK customers this typically means Microsoft’s data centres in Newcastle and London. You can always select a different data centre.
For international organisations with global deployment, Microsoft Azure conforms to Sovereignty of Data restrictions ensuring the data is held in the relevant country.
To find out more about Microsoft Dynamics and the Cloud, contact us today.