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With 2020 release wave 2, launching this month, the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management product team has delivered on the long-awaited hybrid architecture for warehousing and manufacturing. They are also providing two new external cloud services designed to work with the core system.
Microsoft “has been planning and working on” the cloud and edge scale unit model for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management for “a number of years,” said Lachlan Cash, principal program manager for D365 in a presentation to attendees at the Community Summit North America virtual event.
While cloud remains the primary deployment mode for D365 SCM systems, he said, the hybrid model provides the ability to run manufacturing and warehousing workloads on hardware locally, with a connection back to D365 SCM in the cloud. This model allows customer locations to keep some activities and processes running even when connectivity is lost to the cloud. Edge computing can also serve to meet regulatory or security policy requirements in some countries or regions, Cash noted.
Offline processing by an edge scale unit is designed to sync with the cloud when connection is re-established. The intent of the model is that edge scale units are offline for no more than a few hours so they can resume unified production planning cycles and release waves.
Microsoft now advises that customers have four D365 SCM architecture models to choose from: