With the announcement of MS Dynamics AX 2012 R2 release on December 1st, 2012, MS has given a powerful feature in R2 called data partitions. Now in AX, there is a element above the company called "Partition". Just like with every new AX installation there is a default company "DAT", now there will also be a default partition called "Initial". This is really powerful feature as the companies now have the leverage to use an installed AX instance across multiple deployment sites. Couple of features associated with partitions are:
- System data like batch, AIF, workflow is shared between partitions. This has been achieved by introducing a new table property "SaveDataPerPartition" on these tables.
- Business data like UoM, Address Book is shared among companies within a partition only. A company can be associated with multiple partitions with the same name.
- Users only belong to a particular partition.
- Some drawbacks like intercompany does not work across partitions and companies across partitions can not be merged are also there. Cross company queries might not work across partitions.