The Cloud for Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central

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Microsoft’s Cloud ‘Azure’

Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through Microsoft’s global network of data centres. It gives you the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications and frameworks of your choice.

We can help you host your Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central solution in Microsoft’s public Azure environment or alternatively in your own private Azure environment.

Early Adopters

The NAV | 365 People are one of the early adopters of Azure and leaders of Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central implementations on Azure. Our Managed Services Team will help you get up and running with Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central in Microsoft’s Cloud in the shortest possible time, providing you with a cost-effective solution meeting all your business needs. 

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How to decide where to host your system

When implementing your Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central system you have 3 choices as to where to host it; The Microsoft Public Cloud, The Microsoft Private Cloud (known as ‘Azure’) or your own environment.  Here’s what you need to know about each:

Microsoft Public Cloud

Since April 2018 it has been possible to host your Business Central system on a fully managed Microsoft Shared Cloud environment.

Benefits:

  • Automatic updates of the software
  • Hosting is included within your subscription licences – more cost effective
  • Fully managed including all automatic back-ups etc.

Disadvantages:

  • Less control over your Business Central Environment (you cannot control when updates happen)
  • No performance control (there is no SQL Access)
  • Only available on subscription

Microsoft Private Cloud - ‘Azure’

If you like the idea of hosting in the Cloud but are put-off by the limited control of the Public Cloud you can host your system in a Private Cloud environment. We have a ‘Managed Services’ team which is dedicated to managing our customers’ Azure environments.

Benefits:

  • Greater control over updates and upgrades
  • Fully managed including all automatic back-ups etc.
  • You can choose between the subscription or on-premise licencing modules
  • Ability to maximize performance and tune system

Disadvantages:

  • As you don’t get automatic upgrades, these will need to be planned and deployed as mini projects to ensure you are on the latest software version
  • Additional hosting costs

Your own hosting environment

You can host your environment either yourself or through a 3rd party provider. This can be either on the Cloud or on a physical server.

Benefits:

  • Full control over your own environment
  • You can choose between the subscription or on-premise licencing modules

Disadvantages:

  • As you don’t get automatic upgrades, these will need to be planned and deployed as mini projects to ensure you are on the latest software version
  • Additional hosting costs

What can you do where?

 

Your Own Hosting

Microsoft Private Cloud / Azure

Microsoft Public Cloud / Azure

UPGRADE CONTROL

Yes

Yes

No

YOUR OWN INSTANCE

Yes

Yes

No

MULTI TENANTED

Optional

Optional

Yes

ACCESS TO SQL

Yes

Yes

No

EXTENDABLE BY EXTENSIONS

Optional

Optional

Must be

FULL CODE AMENDABLE

Yes

Yes

No (extension only)

PERFORMANCE CONTROLLABLE

Yes

Yes

No

INTEGRATION

Any

Any

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Cloud - What our Managed Services Team can help you with

What our Managed Services Team can help you with

Our experts are happy to help you with any of the following:

  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central on Azure or in a Private Cloud
  • Hybrid Deployments
  • Windows Clients, Web Clients, Tablet and Phone Clients
  • Third-party Integrations
  • Office 365 Integration 
  • Azure Single Sign-on
  • Fully Managed Environments
  • Full support for Dynamics 365 Business Central, Dynamics NAV 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013 & 2009

Our Managed Services Team also provide you with:

  • Technical Support - 8 am – 11 pm, 7 days a week.
  • Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central cumulative updates, where appropriate
  • Azure consultancy and advisory services to help you architect your cloud solution and understand the best way forward with complex and often challenging Azure migration and implementations.
  • Regular automated back-ups
    • Backups are monitored 24/7
    • Alerts ensure data integrity investigations are undertaken where necessary
    • Checks are performed every week to ensure that the backups could be restored and the databases are fully recoverable
  • Disaster recovery with every level of service in the following instances:
    • Outages on the Azure Data Centres including, power outages, natural disasters or human error
    • Staff errors
  • Security
    • All components of the Managed Services offering are hosted in the Microsoft Azure Cloud which adheres to an internationally-recognised set of standards and certifications
    • Local network security; user-level security management is undertaken using Active Directory where appropriate or Local Security accounts
    • Infrastructure management including:
      • Shared SQL Servers
      • Active Directory
      • Automation accounts
      • Monitoring tools
      • Azure Security Centre
    • Network external access; access to the Azure network is managed using the Azure Network Security (NSG) groups. 
    • DDoS protection
    • Every Dynamics NAV | 365 Business Central endpoint has SSL enabled for all the available services, e.g. Windows Client, SOAP, OData and Web Client. The data transfer between the client and the server running in Azure is encrypted using the security certificate.
  • Azure Security Centre acts as the core service to provide a unified security management and advanced threat protection across all the environment workloads.
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Free Guides about Managed Services 

Want to know more about Managed Services areas such as security (both physical and local network), infrastructure management, data protection, disaster recovery, and more?

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