Microsoft ERP in the Cloud
Microsoft Dynamics NAV offers customers choices about how their solution is deployed. These are operational and strategic decisions guided by how your organization wishes to allocate resources and prepare for disaster recovery. Silverware will help you understand and leverage the flexible deployment options available for Dynamics NAV.
Through our Dynamics hosting partners and cloud infrastructure experts, we give customers the ability to “have it their way”. It can be in the cloud or in your building – or both. Own or rent the software license? You choose!
More Options with a NAV Private Cloud
What if your cloud provider suddenly went out of business and your solution disappeared? It’s scary but you need to think about what you would do.
Owning your Dynamics license provides you some options in this kind of crisis. You could bring systems in house or move to another infrastructure provider. When the cloud provider is supplying everything including the full application (e.g., NetSuite, Salesforce, FinancialForce), it is not something that you can easily replicate somewhere else. The best you can do is get your data, but it is of little value without the application that makes of that data.
NetSuite has said they uniquely reduce risk to business continuity by having data stored across multiple data centers. It’s absolutely true NetSuite data in their primary data center is continuously replicated and synchronized across data centers. However, they also say all operations failover automatically if required. This would mean their system is immediately available at a “hot” backup site in the event of a catastrophe. Decimation of a data center is nothing to worry about if you’re a NetSuite customer, they say. But you are “SOL” if you’re a Dynamics customer and your system is hosted. Really?
Take a look around NetSuite’s web site. Can you find a written guarantee of nearly real-time application availability and no more than 5 minutes of data loss? Intacct has one of the best SLAs in the industry (see Intacct Buy with Confidence) and they guarantee application availability within 24 hours with a maximum of 2 hours data loss. There is a long time between real-time and 24 hours.
Our unique value proposition is that your Microsoft Dynamics NAV database can be backed up at a secondary data center as frequently as you desire and your budget allows. In the unlikely event of a disaster, Microsoft Dynamics NAV could be brought up anywhere with the software you own or rent and a backup of your ERP database. Presumably this would be somewhere beyond whatever catastrophe leveled the primary data center where your cloud infrastructure is hosted.
Microsoft Dynamics ERP deployment flexibility is a serious differentiator
If the proverbial bomb destroys your hosting provider’s primary data center yet your business is spared, you have multiple ways to resume operations. You own the software and the data is backed up somewhere else as frequently as your budget allows. Dynamics could be installed in house, at home or at another cloud infrastructure partner.
The flexibility of Dynamics comes into play in extreme situations such as shutdown of a current cloud provider. Maybe your hosting partner has too much downtime, poor customer service or increase prices to much … whatever. A product with multiple deployment options gives you that flexibility and puts the power in the hands of the customer, not the vendor. You have options if the unthinkable happens with your cloud vendor.
Public or Private Cloud
Public clouds such as NetSuite, QuickBooks Online and FinancialForce are good options for many companies. However, it’s important to recognize their limitations as you consider the best fit for your business.
Private clouds are customizable to your company’s needs. They allow you extend existing IT resources and provide additional security. Cloud infrastructure vendors provide the platform, security and expertise managing ERP delivery.
Up in the Air …
A private cloud is a dedicated environment. No components are shared with other users as is the case in a public cloud. The cloud can be customized to fit your unique needs while providing predictable costs and maximum flexibility. Public clouds often limit your ability to customize the solution to meet short and long-term needs.
Private clouds offer a single-tenant environment. In a single tenant environment, your business does not share instances of any of the solution components. All system resources such as the SQL Server database are dedicated to your solution. In a single-tenant environment, you have the ability to customize your solution within the cloud to meet your unique needs.
A private cloud is ideal for Microsoft Dynamics NAV because you get all the benefits of cloud computing while maintaining the ability to customize if ever needed.