Microsoft Shares Updated Azure Plans for Dynamics NAV 2013, GP 2013, AX

Microsoft has told partners that it is launching a TAP program for Dynamics NAV 2013 on Azure, with a release targeted in the first half of 2013.  I.B.I.S. chief operating officer Dwight Specht elaborated on a recent ERP cloud strategy update from Microsoft on his blog.

The update from Microsoft covered several specific and more general points, including the fact that a TAP program for NAV 2013 in Azure is under way:

"NAV2013 is in a TAP program on Azure with several partners and will be the first cloud ERP delivery expected to release in Q1CY2013.  This will run on Azure, but the IAAS portion of Azure (in other words, it will be using virtual SQL Servers and Application Servers).  It is NOT running on SQL Azure."

The Q1 2013 date may already be old news - other recent reports from partners put the planned release of a NAV-based Azure solution in June 2013.  Regardless of exact dates, the virtual server approach appears to be in line with past assumptions - hosting individual Dynamics NAV instances rather than any sort of new multi-tenant or Azure-native architecture.

Dynamics AX plans appear to remain unchanged in terms of cloud availability of the next major release in 2014 or 2015, though Specht clarifies a few points:

  • Microsoft plans to release the next major version of Dynamics AX as an Azure-based solution (or perhaps multiple specialized solutions) before the on-premise release
  • The Azure-based solutions will be multi-tenant "to be delivered exactly like CRM Online", including a Windows 8 native interface using HTML5 and Javascript
  • Microsoft still has plans for some of the key cloud-based ERP management tools they have talked about in past years, like support for a full development-test-production server stack (though Specht only mentions test and production), as well as control and better tools for managing upgrades.

Microsoft plans to support Dynamics GP 2013 on Azure, apparently in the same way as Dynamics NAV, Specht also reported.  Microsoft plans to make the GP 2013 web client and web management console available in Azure as well.  So far, the web management tools have been promoted for the efficiencies they will offer to hosting service providers who can take advantage of server savings with the multi-tenant database architecture of GP 2013.

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