Hosting Microsoft Dynamics in the Cloud - evaluating IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

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Application hosting is, debatably, the most popular use case in modern cloud computing. By moving on-premise applications to a scalable cloud infrastructure, you eliminate the need for costly hardware purchases, maintenance, updates and other IT headaches.

Put simply, by hosting your applications, you reduce your IT costs and free up the department for things that matter.

As part of a select group of Microsoft Dynamics Partners called Cloud Solution Providers (CSP), we address the full range of possible cloud uses for your business, bringing together Dynamics, Office 365, Power BI, Azure and managed IT services under a common umbrella (and one monthly bill). In fact, Microsoft's new and innovative platform, Dynamics 365, consolidates these apps and services on one common data model for truly connected business processes, which you can read more about here.

Whether you're new to Dynamics or you want to move your current solution to the cloud, we can manage your environment at the right service level (SaaS, PaaS or IaaS) to meet your current or future IT requirements. Let’s take a look at the different hosting service levels in the cloud.

“as-a-Service”, Explained


Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

SaaS is often the top choice for any organization that wants a low-overhead, scalable and always up-to-date replacement for traditional software. Under a SaaS licensing agreement, we take care of the entire support stack for you, from the network to the application itself, including all of the virtualization, middleware, etc. in between. This is the inverse of the on-prem approach, where you manage everything.

Dynamics CRM Online, Office 365 and the new Dynamics AX are examples of SaaS applications. Solutions like Dynamics GP offer the full range of deployment options: SaaS (offered through Turnkey), privately hosted, or entirely on-premise.

All Microsoft applications are perfectly at home on cloud infrastructure, allowing for convenient access from anywhere and enabling better collaboration and sharing across your organization.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

PaaS requires slightly more management from you, the customer, than SaaS. You will typically be responsible for managing the application and its data, while we oversee the rest of the stack. With PaaS, you get to build and run applications on the cloud infrastructure instead of your own, which can save you the time and overhead of having to deal with everything in-house.

Microsoft Azure is the most popular cloud for PaaS and IaaS for businesses, as it offers an unmatched set of management tools and additional services that enable user-friendly control over all your cloud-deployed resources.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

IaaS is the minimal hosting service level, putting most of the control in your hands while we handle the servers, storage, virtualization and networking. Many businesses rely on IaaS to extend their on-premise infrastructure and achieve a level of on-demand resourcing that they simply cannot replicate on their own at a reasonable cost with any effectiveness.

Under the IaaS service model, you have more flexibility than with SaaS, but also more responsibility. Azure is again a useful example here, as its virtual machines can be tapped on-demand.

Get the cloud model that is right for you

Extending your on-premise infrastructure to the cloud in a hybrid model is a common pathway to the cloud. Additionally, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS solutions are frequently used in tandem depending on your IT and operational goals. You can determine which one(s) are right for your organization by contacting Turnkey Technologies today to discuss the best options as well as a migration strategy for moving your on-premises workflows to the cloud.




By Turnkey Technologies, Inc. - Microsoft Gold Certified Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM Partner of Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and North Texas.

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