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Matt Scherocman

What is Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS)?

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:

 

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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 userWith 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.

 

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Matt Scherocman

Mobile Device Management Options

Mobile Device Management Options

 

Mobile Device Management or MDM is a headache for all IT departments who allow mobile devices to connect and sync company information.  The issues of protecting company data and information become even worse in today's "bring your own device" world, employees want the ability to use their own personal devices for both business and personal use. How does IT manage the balance between company security and end user efficiency?  Many find the balance by utilizing an MDM tool.    

Microsoft has moved into MDM space these past several years; early on with Exchange ActiveSync, later with the development of the InTune solution, and now with Office 365.

There are some key differences between how each service manages your mobile devices. They are outlined in the provided chart above, but we will also give more specifics below.

 


 

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Matt Scherocman

Growth: Office 365 Now Supports up to 150 MB Email Size

Growth: Office 365 Now Supports up to 150 MB Email Size

In the past, users of Outlook have been restricted to attachments onl25 MB or less in total.

However, for those who prefer to attach all files directly to an email through Outlook at once, there is good news: the maximum message size has increased to 150 MB.

 

It is important to note, however, that the administrator is responsible for changing the default settings themselves and users are still set at a maximum of 25 MB unless changed. It is now an option to choose the size setting ranging from 1 MB up to the new 150 MB. There are even ways for restricting or allowing certain sizes to distinct users or groups.

For more information and details about how to change the settings check out the steps here

 


If you would like to learn more about your Office 365 options we would be happy to walk you through it. Give us a call at 800-900-1150 or contact us here. 

Matt Scherocman

Comparing Office 365 E1 Plan vs. the Core CAL

 

 

Many clients, especially those with Enterprise Agreements, are being asked by Microsoft to convert their licensing agreements into Office 365 based subscription solutions and are confused by their options.  This comparison is for clients who currently own just the Core CAL (client access license) and are considering moving to an Office 365 E1 plan with a Bridge CAL.  

Let’s start with what is the same.

Both E1 and the Core CAL give you the right to run Exchange Standard CAL, Skype for Business Standard CAL (formerly known as Lync), and SharePoint Standard CAL on premise, in your own data center for your users.  Both plans would require the requisite Server licenses purchases. 

The Bridge CAL completes the traditional functionality of the Core CAL by licensing you for a Windows CAL, System Center Configuration Manager CML, and the Microsoft EndPoint Protection Antivirus service. 

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Matt Scherocman

Office 365 Security Overview

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