Pricing for Azure-based deployments will be worked out entirely between partners and customers, according to a Microsoft representative.
"The move to Azure really means more to partners than it does to end-user customers," said analyst Frank Scavo, president of IT consulting firm Strativa, via email. That said, "there will probably be some economic benefit" to customers through the Azure option, he added.
"In addition, it gives partners a more global reach, as Microsoft has Azure data centers around the world," Scavo said. "Long term, the move is strategic for Microsoft. But in the short term, I don't expect to see a mad rush to Azure by either partners or customers."
Microsoft has two other Dynamics products, SL and AX. The first is used by project-based businesses, while the latter is Microsoft's high-end offering for larger companies. The next major release of AX will also get the Azure treatment, with early adoption programs beginning next year, Microsoft has said. No plans have been announced for SL on Azure.
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