A Quick Guide to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online Storage
The storage model was changed in April 2019 for the Common Data Service or Microsoft Dataverse as it is now called, including Dynamics 365 Online. This means all new customers since April 2019 have the new storage model applied to their account.
The new storage model replaces the default tenancy capacity and is now segmented into three areas.
Database Capacity Transactional database storage for entity definitions and record data.
File Capacity For storing attachments on emails and notes in Dynamics 365 apps and Power Apps. This allowance can include Word documents, image files, PDF files, spreadsheets, videos and other files.
Log Capacity Separate storage capacity for audit logs to track record and attribute data changes. This includes field value updates, security role updates, data / time of access.
How Much Storage Do You Get With Dynamics 365?
New subscriptions after 1st April 2019, the default tenant-wide storage capacities are:
Database: 10 GB
File: 20 GB
Log: 2 GB
You will also receive additional storage entitlements that accrue per Dynamics 365 Enterprise user license as follows:
Database Capacity: @ 250 MB per user
File Capacity: @ 2 GB per user
How Much Does Additional Storage for Dynamics 365 Cost?
The Power Platform Admin Center gives administrators a detailed view of their current storage capacity entitlement and usage. Administrators will be alerted in the admin portal if you are over your limit and also receive an email. You will not be blocked from the platform is you are over the limit, but you will loose the ability to restore, copy or create instances until you are compliant again.
Extra capacity can be added by purchasing capacity add-on's:
Common Data Service for Apps Database Capacity @ £30.20 per GB
Common Data Service for Apps File Capacity @ £1.50 per GB
Common Data Service for Apps Log Capacity @ £7.50 per GB
How Can You Minimise Storage Costs?
There are several options to minimise the amount of data you are using, and reduce the costs of the data you do require.
Review data retention, specifically Emails and there attachments. This is typically where most of the data is being used. Potentially only keep the last x Months/Years emails in Dynamics 365.
Move email and note attachments to Azure reducing the File storage usage
Setup bulk deletion jobs for completed system jobs, which can take up a lot of space and reduce performance is not maintained