Syvantis GP Online™ is hosted Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) on Microsoft's Azure platform. Dynamics GP cloud accounting software on Microsoft Azure is safer, faster, more redundant, more scalable, and more affordable than traditional hosting services or your own servers.
Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables companies to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Azure delivers a 99.95% monthly SLA and enables companies to run highly available applications. It provides automatic operating system and service patching, built in network load balancing, and resiliency to hardware failure. It supports a deployment model that enables companies to upgrade their applications without downtime.
What are the Benefits of Hosting on Azure?
Lower Cost - You are able to leverage Microsoft's massive server architecture, sharing costs with millions of others users.
Faster to deploy - Since companies don't have to worry about the underlying infrastructure or platform and only on the functionality of the business application, deployments can be completed in a fraction of the time.
Increased scalability - As your company grows, you just add capacity. You don't ever have to worry about running out of server or drive space.
Less downtime - Instead of storing your data on one big machine, it is distributed over a large number of smaller machines, providing redundancy and the ability to do work on a machine without taking your system down.
Less risk from natural disasters - Imagine your data in a location where a natural disaster strikes. If your data and backups existed on one server in that location, then your data was likely lost. Microsoft has devoted its massive resources to building multiple data centers around the globe. Microsoft Azure allows you to leverage those data centers while investing less in your own infrastructure.
Why hosting Dynamics GP on Azure is more secure
Many business people worry about the security of the cloud. However, research shows that this fear is misplaced. Small and mid-size businesses in fact take much more risk with their local data than they realize.
According to a 2013 Forecaster Research report, most corporate data loss and security breaches come from risky employee behavior. The report finds most data breaches result from stolen or lost mobile devices, compromise of other data-bearing devices, or misuse of corporate data assets by employees. (In fact, 58% of data breaches are caused by employees.) While data leaks continue to plague organizations worldwide, small and midsize firms are the most vulnerable due to their inability to implement comprehensive IT security policies. Small and mid-size companies simply do not have the financial resources to adequately secure their in house data.
Even setting aside the human element, only the largest global business enterprises will ever come close to matching the Fort Knox-style controls implemented by Microsoft to protect their datacenters. Nor would they be able to implement the same measures to defend against hacking or to manage access control.
In a nutshell, your data is more at risk on your own servers than in Microsoft's large global datacenters.
Why hosted Dynamics GP costs less than GP on your server
- It costs less to manage 100 Dynamics GP clients at once than to manage one client 100 times.
- The cost of server hardware and software is spread across many companies for lower costs per company.
- Supporting Dynamics GP is more efficient when all installs are standardized. System access is identical and IT involvement is not required.
- You only pay for the users that you actually use. On your own server, you are required to purchase the maximum number of users that you will ever need.
- Specialized knowledge is leveraged across many implementations. IT pros don't have these accounting system skills, resulting in higher operations costs.
- Upgrades are faster and simpler because IT doesn't have to assist in the upgrade or work on all of your PCs.
- Prices of the cloud versions of software have been decreasing for the past few years, while the on-premise versions have been increasing.