Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow.
AWS was arguably the very first public provider of Cloud services. When Amazon jumped into e-commerce, they had to figure out a way to deal with traffic volatility and the servers required to run their site. Once they had this infrastructure in place for their own use, they realized they could offer it to others via the Public Cloud.
Their goal has been to encourage clients to fully make the switch to Cloud. You can back up your existing Windows server to the AWS Cloud, but that’s the extent of their “Hybrid” offerings.
AWS allows you to do the following things–
- Run web and application servers in the cloud to host dynamic websites.
- Securely store all your files on the cloud.
- Using managed databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle or SQL Server to store information.
- Deliver static and dynamic files quickly around the world using a Content Delivery Network (CDN).
- Send bulk email to your customers.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM is designed to assist organizations achieve a 360-degree view of customers, adapt quickly to changes in business processes, and achieve reliable user adoption through user interfaces consistent with the Microsoft Office suite of products.
The Dynamics 365 CRM reference architecture defines distinct roles and server groups that can be created and scaled independently. This model aligns closely to AWS’s scale-out approach meaning that the cloud infrastructure and Dynamics CRM application scale together.
There are many business reasons why running Dynamics 365 CRM in AWS makes sense:
- AWS offers elastic scale. This means you can scale up immediately when demand increases. You can also scale down immediately to save money when resources are not needed.
- You can easily experiment with new prototype and pilot business applications without risk of pre- acquiring expensive hardware. If a new business application takes off, you can quickly scale up the cloud resources to handle it, and if the idea doesn’t pan out, you can shut down the test environment instantly with minimal cost.
- You don’t need to dedicate as many IT staff to running the server farm.
Customers have successfully deployed virtually every Microsoft application to the AWS cloud, including:
- Microsoft Windows Server
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Microsoft Active Directory
- Microsoft Exchange Server
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Dynamics AX, Dynamics ERP
- Microsoft SharePoint Server
- Microsoft System Center
- Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
- Microsoft Project Server
- Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
- Microsoft BizTalk Server
- Microsoft Remote Desktop Services