GP On Azure
So let’s say you’re sitting at your desk on your computer and you’re ready to enter some transactions into Dynamics GP. Should be simple enough you’re just going to open the program and login, right? Great. But where exactly is your data coming from First, we’ll take a look at the most traditional way that you can run Dynamics GP, in this scenario, you get up each morning and head into the office? In your office building, you’ve got a server.
There are a few items related to GP that are on this server. First, you have your GP Database, where your common GP data is stored. Next, you’ve got your GP companies set up. And finally, you have your reports. You probably have the server in some back room. Meanwhile, you sit down at your desk. On your own personal computer, you have Dynamics GP installed. It sits right on your desktop and you simply open up the program and begin entering transactions.
Your computer and the server at your office then communicate with one another to ensure that your data is up-to-date. But there are some disadvantages to this system. First, it’s generally more costly. You pay for all of your software licensing upfront, you pay all of the energy bills for housing your servers, and you pay an IT person to do all maintenance and repairs on those servers.
And should anything happen to cause your server to crash, you risk losing all of your data. So how do you reduce your risk? Fortunately, the Seventies allows you to host Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure, which circumvents these costs. Let’s talk about how this works. Basically, instead of going ahead and having a server right in your offices, you pay to have your data hosted on servers in an external data center.
Those servers host not only your database, companies, and reports, but host your GP application as well. So now, when you log in to GP on your computer, you’re connecting to those external servers using a remote desktop. You’re accessing Dynamics GP through the cloud. The cloud allows you to access GP from home, or from your favorite coffee shop.
Essentially, now you can work from anywhere. What could be better than that? Well, for starters, when you choose to host GP through the seventies on Azure, your data isn’t stored on a single server in a single datacenter. Instead, your data is backed up in multiple data centers.
Microsoft has multiple data centers all around the world, with six in the U.S. alone. If you host your data in a Microsoft Azure datacenter in California, your data will automatically be backed up on another server in the United States. This concept is called redundancy. Ensures that should something happen to your server or the datacenter housing it,
Your data will be safe and sound on an identical server somewhere else. In this way, hosting on Azure is more secure and more reliable than keeping data on your own servers. You have less downtime when servers are being updated. Azure is more scalable than keeping GP on your own servers. You can easily change the size of your server so that as you grow, so does your data capacity.
This means that you no longer have to pay to replace servers, power them or perform maintenance on them. In fact, savants provide you with the option to pay for your GP licensing over time, rather than upfront. You make on simple monthly payment per user for GP, and all of your hostings are included. Today, business is fast-paced.
In the age of instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook, and youtube, the cloud becomes an important and necessary tool for keeping up and growing your business. Symantec now offers the GP Web App hosted on Azure, an application that allows you to simply open your browser, enter a URL, and access Dynamics GP. You can enter transactions, access your data, and print reports right from the web. You spend less time worrying about IT, less time waiting.