Dynamics 365 for Operations’ Flexible “Cloud and Local Storage” Options Slated for Summer Release

Microsoft planned to release this summer flexible deploy scenarios for Dynamics 365 for Operations, called "cloud and edge" and "local business data."

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations is deploying new, flexible options this summer that will allow organizations to run their business processes from application servers at the edges, meaning transaction are supported by local application services and business data is stored locally.

One option, called "cloud and edge," combines the power of cloud and on-premises features in a unique way to offer scale, continuity and intelligence. In these cases, the typical replication of business data in the Microsoft cloud (referenced in the cloud and edge scenario) is simply switched off. "Cloud synchronization of data enables us to embed intelligence into business processes – embedded analytics, machine learning, and a vast range of capabilities are best served from the Microsoft cloud," wrties the team.

With this option, "customers can choose to turn ON or OFF cloud synchronization of their business data—when turn OFF," "no business data leaves trustee's boundaries," the team said. Also, "embedded Power BI, Aggregated Views and Azure Machine Learning services based efficiencies" will not available.

Our cloud-based Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) functions, including diagnostics, monitoring, usage telemetry, and production updates, are provided through Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS).

Another, option called "local business data" targets customers, who will not require their business data to be stored in the cloud. It supports running application servers and SQL database on-premises, or their partner's data center, without replication of business data to the Microsoft cloud, so no business data leaves the trustee's boundaries.

Microsoft has provided following table, highlighting a side-by-side comparison of planned scenarios, including use cases, components, and strengths:

deployment scenarios of dynamics 365 for operations: cloud and edge and local business data
Deployment Scenarios of Dynamics 365 for Operations: cloud and edge and local business data

Microsoft follows up with providing the guidance on the deployment choices including:

  • New and existing customers will have paths forward to license both local business data and cloud and edge deployments.
  • Customers can license local business data deployments via a Dynamics 365 for Operations license with Software Assurance/Enhancement Plan or a subscription model.
  • Customers with active Microsoft Dynamics Enhancement Plans or Software Assurance, may upgrade to local business data as they remain entitled to access new versions and updates.
  • Transitions to Dynamics 365 cloud subscriptions are available to customers with active Microsoft Dynamics Enhancement Plans or Software Assurance.
  • Cloud and edge software and services will be licensed under the existing Dynamics 365 cloud subscription licensing model, writes the team.

Both, the scenarios "cloud and edge" and "local business data" are planned for this summer release.