New pricing model for Dynamics/PowerPlatform – can we do some basic estimates?

By | April 12, 2019

I hope you have heard about some very interesting changes in the Dynamics pricing model. They may not have affected you yet, but they will, especially if your subscription renewal date is coming soon.

As almost expected in such cases, Jukka Niiranen came up with a great overview of what’s happening to the PowerPlatform (not just on the licensing front):

https://survivingcrm.com/2019/04/the-real-common-data-service-emerges/

But I figured I’d try to do a few basic estimates.. By the way, you should definitely read the following article – make sure to look at the “FAQ” section at the bottom:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/capacity-storage

Anyway, when I go to the admin center, I don’t see capacity reports yet:

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Hoping they will show up soon enough, but, at the moment, there are a few things we can assume just by looking at the storage tab of the existing analytics report for the very basic Dynamics instance I am using for training/testing, and it really does not have a lot of data. What it does have is a lot of solutions (Field Service, Project Service, Portals, etc):

 

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Just looking at the top tables by size, I really don’t see any of the custom tables there. To be fair, there are a few other instances I looked at, and, without going into the details, some of them do have custom tables at the top, especially those environments where we don’t have a lot of out-of-the-box solutions.

Either way, it seems that, even without a lot data, we could expect Dynamics instance to need at least 2-3 GB of CDS storage.

If you look at the article below:

https://msdynamicsworld.com/story/microsoft-quietly-sets-new-data-storage-pricing-powerapps-dynamics-365-customer-engagement

You’ll see some numbers which might be handy if you are trying to estimate the impact of the pricing change (disclaimer: I am not 100% sure those numbers are correct, but let’s just assume they are):

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So, let’s also assume we have a more realistic production instance(not an extreme case, though) that is using 10 GB of CDS storage, 5 GB of log storage, and 40 GB of file storage(if you think of the email integration, this may still be relatively low), and let’s say we don’t have any spare storage..

If we wanted to create an additional QA/UAT environment for that production instance as a full copy of production, it might cost us, roughly:

10*40 + 5*10 + 40*2 =  530 (USD)

Which is not, really, that cheap, yet those assumptions above can go both ways (up or down) depending on the specifics of our environments.

On the one hand, this means it might be helpful to start getting used to the idea of having less-than-full-copy UAT environments.

On the other hand, there is an opportunity to get more QA/Dev environments if not for free, then, at least, for less than it used to be.

Sure we will see how this is all going to play out, and there will likely be more details coming out in the following months.. but, it seems, even the ALM strategy for Dynamics/PowerApps will now have to consider storage space cost calculations, since, depending on how it’s all going to be set up, it’ll cost us more.. or less..

This is going to be interesting, eh?

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