Microsoft Azure and Dynamics NAV
Microsoft Azure changes the playing field for Dynamics NAV users. Gone are the days of buying, maintaining, and storing servers to run Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Azure has simplified the process and put the building, deploying, and managing of applications and services in the cloud through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. With Azure, one need never buy another Dynamics NAV server again.
Microsoft Azure provides more flexibility and helps to bring down the cost of doing business while at the same time providing more opportunity for advanced configurations to increase performance. It is much easier to expand services and be more agile with Azure. One can run their Dynamics NAV ERP system entirely in the cloud or a combination of on premise and cloud computing: whatever works best for the business.
Moreover, with Azure, no hosting decision is permanent. One can expand server space in the cloud for a period of time, and then scale back to initial server usage when the need for more space, “the high season” is over. Further, since a conversion is not required to make a move, you can feel free to move your virtual machines between on-premises and the cloud as often as your business needs dictate. With Microsoft Azure, your options are (almost) endless.
Azure is supported and automatically upgraded through a subscription service. This means you will always have access to the latest features and functionality of the software without any downtime.
Microsoft Azure and Customization
Microsoft Azure is all about options. Since Azure is a public cloud it can host any software running on the Microsoft Windows Server, (several other operating systems are also supported). In addition, as Dynamics NAV runs on the Windows Server, any Dynamics NAV installation can be hosted on Azure. Moreover, when hosting Dynamics NAV on Azure, you can install modifications to NAV as if it were installed on an on premise or local server in a single-tenant configuration. Further, Azure’s Developer Tools provide for easy building, debugging, deploying, and managing mutli-platform, scalable apps and services. With Microsoft Azure, compatibility and interchangeability are all part of the normal operating procedure.
Microsoft Azure and Cloud Security
Cloud security does not have to be scary or complicated. While it can be hard to trust, when you cannot see or touch an actual sever, security in the Cloud is secure. You can take comfort in knowing that Azure is built on the same technologies that you, and millions of others, already trust such as Windows Server, SQL Server, Active Directory, Hyper-V, and more. This means a consistent, familiar, and stable environment.
Microsoft provides their Azure customers with solid physical security, network infrastructure, and virtualization layer. However, as an Azure user, you need to be just as vigilant in protecting sensitive corporate data. If you follow the Shared Security Responsibility model: which basically states that Microsoft will protect the Cloud itself, while you the user, are responsible for whatever you put into the Cloud.
Our Azure experts can help you migrate your Dynamics NAV to Azure so you can experience additional security, scalability, and reliability. For more information on how Dynamics NAV on Azure can help your business, contact one of our Azure experts today. For more information on Azure and Dynamics NAV in general, be sure to visit our resource center and subscribe to our blog.