The way to purchase Dynamics 365 storage is becoming more granular, and the cost for adding additional instances is being removed.

Published:  March, 2019

What’s happening?

Storage in Dynamics 365 is changing, effective of 1st April 2019. Dynamics 365 storage is becoming more granular and there will be different types available. As opposed to simply ‘Additional Storage’, you now have an entitlement to (and may purchase extra):

  • ‘Common Data Service for Apps Database Capacity’ (this is used to store entity definitions and data)
  • ‘Common Data Service for Apps Log Capacity’ (this is used to store user activity, and tracks data changes)
  • ‘Common Data Service for Apps File Capacity’ (this is used to store file attachments)

You will have an entitlement of these per tenant, and also based on your subscriptions. You can purchase additional of these in 1GB increments.

In addition to this change to purchasing additional storage, you will no longer need to purchase additional production and non-production instances. You can create as many instances as you want, so long as you have at least 1GB of Common Data Service for Apps Database Capacity available.

What are the entitlements for Dynamics 365 Tenants?

Platform CapacityEntitlement Pre 1 April 2019 Entitlement Post 1 April 2019
CDS for Apps Database Capacity10GB10GB
CDS for Apps File CapacityN/A20GB
CDS for Apps Log CapacityN/A2GB
Instances1 production
1 non-production
None. Organisations can provision additional instances if at least 1GB of Database Capacity is available

What are the entitlements for Dynamics 365 Subscriptions?

Platform Capacity (per FULL user licesnes)Entitlement Pre 1 April 2019 Entitlement Post 1 April 2019
CDS for Apps Database Capacity 5GB per every 20 full users 250MB per user
CDS for Apps File CapacityN/A2GB
CDS for Apps Log CapacityN/AN/A
InstancesN/A None. Organisations can provision additional instances if at least 1GB of Database Capacity is available

How much does each type of storage cost?

Add-Ons1GB Pre 1 April 20191GB Post 1 April 2019
CDS for Apps Database Capacity£3.80£30.20
CDS for Apps File CapacityN/A£1.50
CDS for Apps Log CapacityN/A£7.50
Instances£414.70 for a production instance
£113.10 for a non-production instance
£0 – Organisations can provision additional instances if at least 1GB of Database Capacity is available

When can I transition to the new SKUs?

You can transition to the new SKUs after 1st April 2019.
Bear in mind that you are not allowed to mix old and new SKUs.

What if I’m purchasing storage prior to 1st April 2019?

 You can continue to use existing SKUs.

Is there a limit to buying storage?

You cannot have more than 4TB of Database Storage

To find out more about Dynamics 365 Storage licensing, please contact us.

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