The basics of Azure and CRM
A summary of Azure
It is a Microsoft cloud computing platform.
Your applications are deployed to the cloud.
AZURE is paid for as a utility model so you only pay when you are using it.
People use this instead of On-Premise computing.
Before Azure we had the following:
SAAS was an option but expensive:
S – Software
A – AS
A – A
S – Service
Servers can be shared by many applications
Azure allows you to have all of these and use utility computing where you only pay for what you use.
- Windows Azure SDK – Test and debug your applications in a controlled environment.
- Windows Azure tools for visual studio – To create ASP.net apps and migrate them to the cloud.
- What if you use PHP or Java – These can be used too.
Support for Dynamics CRM on Azure officially started in July 2015.
The following Microsoft Dynamics CRM on-premises versions can be deployed on Microsoft Azure virtual machines.
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 (when available with Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS))
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1
Dynamics CRM on Azure is supported in Azure using IaaS. This is another deployment capability for Dynamics CRM on Azure along with the previously supported deployment types: on-premises, on-premises virtual machines, and Microsoft Dynamics partner-hosted virtual machines.
What does it mean to have Dynamics CRM on Azure?
A standard On-Premise deployment of MS CRM to Azure IAAS (Infrastructure As a Service). There is no different version of MSCRM for Azure.
The licences are no different, it just uses the standard on premise licences.
CRM should be handled the same way as on premise however if you have specific problems with Azure itself you should really have an Azure Support Contract in place.
For deploying MSCRM to Azure there is something called LCS Lifecycle Services for use to deploy Dynamics CRM and this is the preferred method by Microsoft.
LCS is Azure-based software as a service (SaaS) that’s free to Microsoft Dynamics customers.
Office 365 and locally installed Office are both also now available on Azure.
I want a run down on starting up Azure and managing it
Please take a look at this post from Leon Tribe on his blog (Leon’s CRM Musings) to help you further: http://leontribe.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/are-you-azure-curious.html