First and foremost, it’s a new licensing bundle of products from Microsoft. It can be hard to understand considering it is a bundle of bundles. Moving to the cloud from a traditional licensing plan can be confusing. We hope this brief overview gives you the highlights of this new option. We will look at what is in the ECS Suite, how it is the same, and how it is different than today’s enterprise desktop license model.
Here are the four components of the ECS Suite:
What are the benefits of the ECS Suite?
- Simpler – One sku is licensed by user that includes the most popular cloud offerings.
- Discounting – Microsoft puts a compelling discount onto the bundle versus purchasing the individual pieces.
- Licensed by user – With the average employee using more devices for business like tablets, mobile phones, and even home PCs, licensing by user makes sense for most scenarios.
- Ability to decrease license count – In the crazy world of mergers and acquisitions, it is important for some organizations to be able to decrease their licensing headcount as their business changes. Most ECS licensed agreements are able to have their quantity decreased “true down” on the anniversary of the agreement down to a minimum of 250 users.
- Like all Microsoft agreements, customers have the ability to add licensing at any time.
In today’s model you have your CAL suite, plus Office and Windows.
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Tomorrow’s ECS plan encompasses the same items on the left now delivered in a cloud / user model with enhanced functionality.