Before I start telling you the advantages of a partner hosting Microsoft Dynamics GP than just using a Microsoft Hosted/Azure environment, let me first explain the difference between them, so you can better understand what they mean.
A “Partner -Hosted” solution is either an independent software vendor (ISV), system integrator (IS) or a Value- Added Reseller (VAR) that offers hosted cloud solutions through a licensing partnership with Microsoft. A “Microsoft Hosted/Azure” environment is an internet cloud service hosted directly in Microsoft data centres.
The advantage of a “Partner-Hosted” solution is that you are actually working with people who not only have expertise in hosting software but also, possess a deep understanding of the Dynamics GP system. Some people find that it’s very important to build a trusting relationship before they do business; finding a Microsoft Dynamics partner who not only provides hosting solutions but, is Certified as well can reduce cost and provide a better solution in the long run. When using Microsoft hosted/Azure environment there is a variable cost to consider. If the price is very important to a client, then going with a partner would be a better solution. Companies that are in Canada might not like the idea of having their data hosted on an Azure environment because it’s US based. It's important to many Canadian companies to keep their data in Canada.
In future blogs, I will be taking more about a partner hosted solutions and how beneficial it can be to you.
By: Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Partner