In the past there was only one way to deploy Microsoft Dynamics GP – on a server at your location. However, now you have several choices including the traditional on-premises model, hosted model and 100% cloud model running in Microsoft Azure. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages and price points that you need to consider based on your company requirements.
Purchase the software and deploy at your location on your own server. You can choose to install on individual workstations or connect via a Terminal Services or Citrix connection which allows remote access.
Pros: You maintain control of your data at all times and you are not dependent on an internet connection. Usually, this option offers the lowest Total Cost of Ownership.
Cons: You are responsible for all server maintenance, backups and other IT services. Software and hardware purchase can mean a large initial investment of funds.
Pay a monthly fee to subscribe to an online version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, customized to be 100% cloud. Access it over a secure internet connection. In this scenario you do not own the software but if you decide you want to purchase the system later your data can easily be moved onto your own server.
Pros: This is an easy way to use Dynamics GP with the smallest upfront capital expenditure. You are not responsible for any hardware purchases or maintenance. This package includes popular features and tools bundled into one web based system.
Cons: You do not own the software and access is dependent on internet connection. Some add on ISV products are not available in this model.