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Unable to accommodate the continued growth, Planning to have ERP? Consider Microsoft Dynamics AX, What Infrastructure does AX need?

We have shortlisted Microsoft Dynamics AX for our ERP solution, but we are not sure of Microsoft Dynamics AX Infrastructure.

Things to consider for Microsoft Dynamics AX  Infrastructure
With the updated versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, the application platform is growing rapidly into the market for global wide enterprises, and as a consequence the requirements for the Microsoft  Dynamics AX infrastructure is growing in complexity and size.

The Microsoft Dynamics AX platform is no longer an application that can be installed onto a single server or a few servers in network/AD.
There are a number of dependent applications (Database,SSRS,SSAS,MR,EP,RFSmart)and services that must be considered when scaling, planning and building a reliable, secure and supportable Dynamics AX infrastructure.

In a core Dynamics AX installation you must consider and plan for:

  1. Microsoft Dynamics AX Object Server (AOS)
  2. Database Server (SQL DB)
  3. Reporting Services for standard and customize reporting needs (SSRS)
  4. Transactions Per hour/Minutes
  5. Online Users 
  6. Analysis Services for business intelligence needs (SSAS and Cubes)
  7. Web server for the Enterprise Portal (EP)
  8. Web server for the Application Integration Framework (AIF)
  9. Help server
  10. Search crawler
  11. Backup and restore strategies
  12. Custom Integrations
  13. Retail Transactions
  14. .NET Interop
  15. .NET Business Connector
  16. Web services hosted on IIS
  17. Synchronization service for Microsoft Project Server
  18. Synchronization proxy for Microsoft Project Server
  19. VSS Server
  20. TFS Server

Additionally, many companies are rarely capable of utilizing Dynamics AX without custom modifications or third party vendor modules so plan accordingly for development/TEST/UAT/PROD Environment/Instances. 

For running a development environment for Dynamics AX you must also consider:
  1. Development servers
  2. TEST Servers
  3. User Acceptance Test servers (UAT)
  4. Source control (TFS, Team Foundation Server)
  5. Build and 
  6. Deployment servers

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