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Hosting with Microsoft Azure

Azure HostingWhy the cloud?

Demand for cloud services shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, industry experts expect the public IT cloud services industry to reach over $364 billion by 2022. We offer you an unbiased comparison of cloud computing and on-premises solutions based on your specific needs. The advantages of cloud are laid out below are compelling for some: Cost Savings, Quick Scalability, and Reliability.

Advantages of Cloud Computing on Azure

Cost Savings – Only pay for the resources you need. No need to size an on-premises server for potential growth. Start small and grow as needed. Additionally, organizations using Windows Azure don’t need to buy, manage, administer, perform maintenance, configure hardware and operating systems, and pay utility costs for their own machines.

Protect Your Data – your company’s data is its most valuable asset. Protecting it is a requirement and Microsoft Azure has redundant resources to secure 99.99% uptime SLA levels. Backup to Microsoft storage accounts, virtual machines, or your own internal infrastructure.

Quick Scalability – Need to add more users or add a new location? Azure resources can be added as needed “on demand.” With just a few clicks, the latest and greatest server resources are at your fingertips.

Reliability – The infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) / Platform as a Service (PaaS) model is reliable. Azure datacenters exist in multiple locations and have multiple built-in redundancies. In the unlikely event of a server crash, your applications will automatically run on another server in the data center.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 on Azure

For both standard Dynamics 365 installations and customized solutions, OFS can offer Microsoft Dynamics 365 as an Application Service. In this model, Azure resources are automatically scaled to your needs and you benefit from All-in-One pricing and get a single bill for Infrastructure, Dynamics 365 licenses, and SQL Server licenses.

So whether you need a custom solution or have simpler needs, OFS can match an Azure-hosted Microsoft Dynamics solution to fit your situation.


Choosing Cloud or on-premises – what are the considerations?

Increasingly, IT is facing a choice when assessing new business applications: on-premises or hosted in the cloud. With OFS and Dynamics 365, both options are available.

With an on-premises implementation, all of your data and software reside on your own computers or internal network. Speed is not dependent on your internet access bandwidth, and installation is performed quickly by OFS. Interfacing with existing applications is easily achieved.

With a cloud-based solution, the IT footprint is reduced so your resources can spend less time on maintaining infrastructure and more time working on projects to fuel your future growth. In addition, you are able to scale the number of users up or down, based on your business requirements.

  • You have the choice of:
    • Paying monthly (SaaS, Software as a Service) for Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Word, Excel, email, CRM, etc., – including the infrastructure, or
    • Moving the software you already own to the cloud, and only paying monthly for the infrastructure
  • You still own your data
  • You have the option of leaving the cloud without having to migrate to different software. Since Microsoft Dynamics 365 software is available both on-premises and in the clouds, you can license the software and bring your data back on-premises.
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