Choosing how to deploy your Microsoft Dynamics NAV solution can be confusing, particularly if you’re used to SaaS (Software as a Service) subscription models. Since Dynamics NAV is so highly customisable and scalable, it requires a little more care in the deployment phase. The good news is that there are a variety of options for deploying the solution, so you’re sure to find one that suits your business. While reviewing your options, consider the current IT needs of your business, how things might change in the future and the level of IT expertise within your company.

Cloud

Cloud hosting is a popular option for Dynamics deployment and it is growing in popularity every year. By deploying in the cloud, you save overhead expenses in the form of server storage, power, air conditioning, maintenance and administration. There is also no long-term investment to worry about—you pay for what you use and can leave at any time. Perhaps most importantly, deploying in the cloud means that you can access your system from anywhere with an internet connection without having to worry about VPN access to your in-house servers. If you don’t already use cloud computing in your business, it’s worth considering Microsoft Azure. Azure provides a secure cloud platform for deploying Dynamics solutions and is trusted by 90% of fortune 500 companies.

On-premises

Many customers choose to stick with the traditional on-premises deployment model. This uses your business’ own servers, whether in-house or managed by an IT partner. For businesses with only one location, deploying on-premises can give greater control and reduce downtime as you aren’t dependent on an internet connection to access your system. If you already have sufficient IT expertise in your business, this might be the option for you.

 

If you’re still unsure about which option would best suit your business, please get in touch. We’d be happy to help you find the perfect solution.

This post is part of #12DaysOfNAV, our challenge to share a new blog post every day from 1st-12th December.