Virtual Entities

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Virtual Entities
Use Cases Display external data in model-driven apps, represent data in tables in Dataverse without replicating the data.
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Virtual Entities is a feature in the Power Platform which makes it possible to display data from other systems in our model-driven apps without having the data stored in Microsoft Dataverse.

The concept of Virtual Entities consists of a Virtual Entity, a Data Source and a Data Provider. Either you can use one of the two built-in data providers (an OData v4 provider or an Azure Cosmos DB provider), or you can develop a Custom Data Provider if your source requires that.

History

The July 2017 update for Dynamics 365 (online) introduced Virtual Entities. The upcoming Release Waves after that did not bring any news whithin this area, but during a session at eXtreme 365 Matt Barbour said "Virtual Entities are not dead". In the 2020 Release Wave 1 plan it was presented that Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations entities will be available in the Common Data Service as Virtual Entities. In July 2020 at Microsoft Inspire Vitural Entities was on the map again when it was included in Charles Lamanna's session Build agile business processes with the Power Platform – Focus on CDS, Power Apps, Power Automate + RPA and it was included in the Roadmap for Key Capabilities for 2020/2021.

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