Redmond is working hard and fast to accelerate Microsoft Dynamics deployments on Azure. Microsoft has announced the new GS-series of virtual machines to help larger enterprise customers speed Dynamics AX deployments and give them even more deployment choices for Dynamics CRM on Azure.
Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of datacenters that Microsoft manages. Azure enables cloud computing. With the cloud, much of the complexity of IT is abstracted away, letting companies focus on the infrastructure, data, and application development that really matter to their businesses.
Enterprises want solutions that give them the agility to change with the needs of their customers and the market, according to Christian Pedersen, general manager for Microsoft Dynamics AX. As an example, he noted that retailer Pet Supplies Plus gained more flexibility and saved money by putting its business infrastructure in the cloud.
Introducing the GS-Series
“With the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 in 2014 and Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle services (LCS) in 2013, we are enabling our customers to use the power of the cloud to develop and test their business critical ERP solutions, helping them enter a new era of business applications in the cloud,” Pederson said in a blog post.
With the availability of Microsoft Azure D-Series Virtual Machines earlier in 2015, Microsoft started giving customers the choice to directly deploy production instances for Dynamics AX on Azure using Dynamics Lifecycle Services. That gave customers "clear, predictable, repeatable implementation capabilities and slashed deployment times,” Pedersen said.
“As a result, to date, we have seen more than 15,000 Dynamics AX cloud VM deployments in Azure, a number that continues to grow daily,” Pederson said. Now, Microsoft is making a new variant of the G-series class of servers that blends the compute power of G-series with the performance of Azure Premium Storage to create virtual machines for storage and compute-intensive applications.
“The capabilities offered by the new GS-series give even more choice to our customers to deploy Dynamics AX on Microsoft Azure -- capabilities such as supporting high volume transaction volumes to enable real-time inventory and BI capabilities that any global, world class enterprise requires to run their business critical applications,” Pederson said.
A Demand for Premium
We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his thoughts on the G-series announcement. He told us he likes what he sees.
“This is Microsoft’s premium cloud server. Typically when people talk about the cloud, we always focus on how cheap it is,” Kerravala said. “It’s often joked about that the cloud has become the race to zero.”
Microsoft is demonstrating that there is demand for premium cloud servers, according to Kerravala. In other words, not everybody wants to run all their workloads on commodity servers, he said.
“Microsoft has come out with a premium server and actually added to it with the storage,” Kerravala said. “I would think this would be very appealing to companies that want to run two-in-one applications, databases, and high-performance workloads instead of just basic storage, which is where a lot of the Amazon type of business is going.”