Windows' Azure service has recently begun hosting Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and GP 2013 products, providing businesses with another option for cloud-based ERP.

Although the release was originally set for the end of 2012, Microsoft worked toward a greater experience for the customer by conducting more extensive testing than was originally planned. Microsoft has also chosen to sell the Azure deployments through its partners rather than marketing it as a software-as-a-service offering, according to InfoWorld. The ERP applications are expected to be secure in Azure's cloud, enabling NAV to be even more of a major business solution.

Small and mid-sized organizations may find that the ERP products were designed for their specific needs. A broad range of choices are available per provider discretion, according to InformationWeek. The hybrid applications can be run through the cloud while also being a part of an on-premise system. 

Windows Azure has already been adopted by many customers, and the number of implementations is continually growing. Approximately 250,000 customers use the cloud system, with about 1,000 new users a day turning to this particular hosted environment, Windows Azure general manager Steven Martin told eWeek. Updates for mobile back-end development were released for the system earlier this month as well, maintaining Azure's developer-friendly image. Azure also continues to expand its capacity every six to nine months.

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