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Matt Scherocman

Comparing the Office 365 Enterprise Kiosk (K1) Plan vs. Enterprise (E1) Plan

Comparing the Office 365 Enterprise Kiosk (K1) Plan vs. Enterprise (E1) Plan

Many of our clients have been asking us about the differences between Microsoft’s Office 365 Enterprise Kiosk (K1) plan and Enterprise (E1) plans and have been confused about which plan is right for the users who do not need the higher end suites. This comparison is for clients who are considering either of these two plans and want to figure out which one is a better fit for their business. 

What is an Enterprise Kiosk (K1) plan? 

Essentially, the Kiosk plan is for those that are looking for inexpensive licenses for deskless workers - users who are often working away from a desk or using a shared PC and don’t need desktop versions of Office. 

What are the differences between the K1 and E1 plan?

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Matt Scherocman

Solve Your Licensing Conundrum with Microsoft’s New Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) Licensing Bundle

Solve Your Licensing Conundrum with Microsoft’s New Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) Licensing Bundle

Interview with Matt Scherocman – Licensing Wrangler and President of Interlink Cloud Advisors


Slashing through the dense thicket of software licensing often requires the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and an army of product experts. Understanding and sourcing your Microsoft licensing is like pouring over the Cheesecake Factory menu. But instead of deciding between hundreds of appetizers, lunch or dinner dishes, you must wade through pages of operating systems, applications, and security solutions.

“The entire licensing process has always been a problem for companies,” says Matt Scherocman, President of Interlink Cloud Advisors. “Thankfully Microsoft is doing something about it.”

That “something” is Microsoft’s new Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) offering that may make licensing headaches a thing of the past. SPE is a secure, desktop licensing bundle that is sold by user. Before getting to this new, streamlined offering, however, Microsoft has taken us on a bit of winding branding and bundling journey.

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Matt Scherocman

Free Windows Licensing for Azure: How to Get It with Windows Hybrid Use Benefit

Free Windows Licensing for Azure: How to Get It with Windows Hybrid Use Benefit

What is Windows Hybrid Use Benefit?

Microsoft has a relatively unknown benefit called Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB). If you already own Windows Servers with Software Assurance, you can use it to run workloads in Azure on Windows without paying for Windows in Azure. For those that license Windows Servers utilizing the Data Center version, you can continue to use that Windows Server to run on-premises workloads, as well as different workloads in Azure with the same license. This allows you to double the functionality of each Windows Server Data Center license! 

A few important facts:

  • Both versions of Windows Server - Standard and Datacenter -  license with Software Assurance are eligible for the Hybrid Use Benefit

    Hybrid Use Benefit entitlements

  • A Windows Server Standard Edition license cannot be used simultaneously in on-premises deployments while utilizing Hybrid Use Benefit in Azure
  • Windows Server Datacenter licenses can utilize the Hybrid Use Benefit and continue to be deployed in parallel on-premises
  • All uses of HUB must be done by importing a customer’s image file into Azure

For Azure deployments of HUB, each eligible license has an entitlement to run Windows Server VM’s at the lower non-Windows VM rates. Through leveraging HUB, some deployments in Azure can offer end-customers a savings up to 50%.  

Hybrid Use Benefit Sample - Full Time

Example scenario with customer running two D2v2 VMs using the Hybrid Use Benefit.

Hybrid Use Benefit savings sample

*EA Level D in USD, US East 2; full-time usage on demand
**Second Azure instance is included with Windows Server Standard Edition Software Assurance, EA level A

If you want to learn more about how Azure has leveraged this benefit, please follow these links:

We look forward to explaining more about this benefit, and how it can save you money with your existing investments in Microsoft infrastructure.  Contact Interlink today!  

Matt Scherocman

The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit – Don’t Purchase Windows Server Twice

microsoft azure hybrid use benefit

One of the primary reason companies move their software to the cloud is because of the cost savings, but there are still ramp-up expenses to consider even if it’s not a capital expense anymore. As companies undergo the transition to the cloud, whether it be a hybrid solution or all in the cloud, every little bit of savings counts.

Until now, many organizations have owned Windows Server licensing through a licensing agreement and then purchased access to Windows Server again when they setup a new virtual machine on Azure. Many clients were paying for the same functionality twice!

The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit has changed all of that. As of February 1, 2016, the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit lets those owning Windows Server Licenses with Software Assurance to use that existing license on Azure, which saves money. For each Windows Server 2 processor license with Software Assurance, customers may run two virtual machines with up to 8 cores each or one virtual machine with up to 16 cores.

Azure hybrid use benefit savings chart

Savings based on a D2 instance in US East 2 Region, operating at the full time hourly rate, and including the cost of Software Assurance. (source)

Next Steps

The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit is Microsoft’s effort to help you get the most value from licenses, on-premises and in the cloud. But first find out…

  • Do You Qualify? The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit is currently available for customers with Windows Server licenses covered with Software Assurance.
  • What Next? The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit is applied by creating a Windows virtual machine through PowerShell and setting the new license Type property for each virtual machine. Windows virtual machines with the new property are billed at the base compute rate, with a specific notation in the bill that the benefit has been applied.

Do you want to save with this new Azure Hybrid Use Benefit? Check out the FAQ here and contact us to learn more!

* Base compute rate is described in the FAQ.

Sarah Bunt

Your Microsoft FY16 Funding Guide

Microsoft has announced their first round of funding buckets for their 2016 fiscal year.

Funding can be used to help offset the costs of deployment and adoption of Office 365 Workloads and the deployment and adoption of the Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Funding available for purchases of Office 365:

 Clients who purchase Office 365 between July 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015, are eligible for the US Early Bird Office 365 Active usage funding.

The payout is $15/seat up to 1000 seats with a maximum of $15,000.

Requirements:

  • Clients first purchase of Office 365
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible 365 SKUs:  any combination of E Suite (E1, E3, E4), or standalone SKU’s of Office ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Project and Visio
  • Must reach 5% active usage on a single workload by December 31st, 2015 to qualify for payment
  • Please note: Exchange active usage is not eligible for this offer

**The deadline to apply for the Early Bird Office 365 Active usage funding is August 31, 2015.

 


Clients who purchase Office 365 from September 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016 are eligible for the Office 365 Adoption Funding.  

The Payout is $15/user for first 1,000 users and then $5/user for 1000+ users up to $60,000.

Requirements:

  • Clients first purchase of Office 365.Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 SKUs: All E Suites, Office 365 ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business, Project Online, Project Pro, Project Lite and Visio Pro for Office 365 standalone SKUs
    • This offer is available through EA/EAS, Open, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, Cloud Solution Provider, MPSA, AOS and MOSP
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 SKUs: All E Suites, Office 365 ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business, Project Online, Project Pro, Project
  • Qualified workloads:  SharePoint, Skype for Business, Office Pro Plus or Yammer
  • Client must meet 15% active usage metric on any one workload
  • Please note: Exchange active usage is not eligible for this offer


 

 Funding available for purchases of Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) or EMS through the Enterprise Cloud Suite:

 Clients who purchase Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Or Enterprise Cloud Suite before August 31, 2015 are eligible for the EMS Deployment Funding

Amount of funding based on # licenses purchased: 150-249 users = $4,000 ; 250-999 users = $6,000

 Requirements:

  • Purchase ECS or EMS from before August 31, 2015
  • Funds can be used to offset the cost of deployment for Microsoft Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium, or Azure Rights Management System.
  • Deploy any two components and receive double the funding
  • Example: purchase 250 EMS licenses under ECS and deploy Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium = $6,000+$6,000 = $12,000 maximum EMS deployment funding.
  • Funding must be requested within 4 months of purchase date and deployed within 90 days of funding approval.


Clients who purchase Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) from September 1, 2015- March 31, 2016 are eligible for the EMS Adoption Funding.

The Payout is $15/user for first 1,000 users and then $5/user for 1000+ users up to $60,000.

 Requirements:

  • Net new Purchase of eligible SKU’s: EMS & ECSPurchase of 150+ seats of a single eligible SKU qualify for an investment toward driving active usage of Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium.
    • This offer is available through EA/EAS, Open, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, Cloud Solution Provider, MPSA, AOS and MOSP.
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of a single eligible SKU qualify for an investment toward driving active usage of Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium.
  • Client must meet 15% active usage metric for Intune and/or Azure Active Directory Premium
  • Please note: Azure Rights Management is not eligible for this offer

Click here to view a summary of what determines active usage for both Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)

Contact Interlink today if you have any questions or want to know if you qualify for any Funding!

 

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