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Microsoft recently announced some pretty significant – and exciting! – licensing changes related to storage allotments and fees, as well as additional sandbox and production instances. In today’s post, we’ll walk you through these changes and how they might positively impact your organization.
Since the inception of Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s licensing model allowed for increasing storage allotments for Dynamics 365 Online in chunks – an additional 10 GB for every 20 full-access users – and charging for each additional GB of database storage needed. Additionally, they charged a fee for each additional production or non-production instance. Well, that’s all about to change…
Starting April 1st, Microsoft is evolving how they allocate, categorize, and charge for additional storage and instances in Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition and PowerApps.
When it comes to storage for Dynamics 365, Microsoft is going to be splitting what’s currently known as “Database Storage” into three separate buckets – Database capacity, File capacity, and Log capacity – and categorizing it under the Common Data Service (CDS), which is the underlying service for Dynamics 365.
Currently, customers are entitled to 10 GB of storage by default and receive an additional 10 GB of storage for every 20 full-access users. Additional database storage can be purchased for $5/GB/month.
In the future, users will get 10 GB of database capacity, 20 GB of file capacity, and 2 GB of log capacity by default and receive incremental capacity for each full access user added: 250 MB of database capacity, 2 GB of file, and no additional log capacity per full access user. Additional storage can be purchased at $40/GB/month for database, $2/GB/month for file and $10/GB/month of log capacity, on an as-needed basis.
|Default||10 GB database storage||10 GB||20 GB||2 GB|
|Entitlement||5 GB/20 full-access users||250 MB/full-access user||2 GB/full-access user||None|
|Additional storage cost||$5/GB/month||$40/GB/month||$2/GB/month||$10/GB/month|
A few things to be aware of:
The other thing that’s changing in April is how additional sandbox and production instances are handled. In the past, customers wanting additional Dynamics 365 instances had to pay per additional instance – $150/month for a sandbox instance and $500/month for a production instance. However, with this evolved model, you are now able to have as many instances as you’d like – production or sandbox – as long as you have the capacity (at least 1 GB must be free to spin up a new instance). There is no need to purchase additional instances. This is huge!
Current customers have two choices: convert to the evolved model any time after April 1st or stay on the current model until the next renewal. However, there is no model mixing – in other words, each organization as a whole must either stay on the current model or switch to the new model. Note that customers not purchasing additional storage or instances will not be affected.
There are some amazing benefits to this new model of storage and licensing:
As you can see, these are pretty significant changes. Changes to things like licensing, storage, and user allotments often fly under the radar, but in this case, these are exciting and potentially very impactful.
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