This is a new series on csplicensing.com called “Office 365 Scenarios.” The goal is to provide the reader with a licensing scenario for a typical Microsoft enterprise customer. Enjoy!
M & A Corporation is a large private equity firm with 500 employees worldwide. They currently have the Enterprise CAL suite under an Enterprise Agreement. They have one datacenter for mostly Exchange and SharePoint.
- Free up IT resources to focus on other projects besides managing a datacenter
- Identify a cloud partner to outsource their server environment.
- Senior executives need to have both On Premise and cloud solution for the same device.
- Find a collaboration tool to enhance communication between departments.
- Identify a solution for compliance and legal hold and email retention.
- Needed the solution yesterday and do not have time to wait for their agreement to expire.
- Issue 1&2 – Free up IT resources/Cloud Partner – The best way for M&A to free up IT resources without jeopardizing performance is to outsource their server environment to a third party. Office 365 plan E3 provides SharePoint, Exchange, Office Pro Plus, and Skype for Business.
- Issue 3 – On-Premise and cloud deployment for the same user- Office 365 has dual access rights. This means that if an end user who has a USL (user subscription license) has the equivalent of an on premise CAL. It does not include the server license. If M&A wants to continue to run on premise workloads using the dual access right, they must own the server license. Secondly, if they want decide not to use Microsoft datacenters for Office 365, they can use their Office 365 User SLs (as covered above) to access their servers deployed on third party shared servers/datacenters via License Mobility through Software Assurance. Again, they would need the server license with SA.
- Issue 4 – Collaboration tool – Transitioning to Office 365 E3 will give them access to Skype for Business Plan 2.
- Issue 5 – Compliance and Legal Hold – Office 365 E3 will give them Exchange Online 2 which includes Legal Hold; archives email for more than 10 years.
- Issue 6 – Agreement doesn’t expire. Since they have the ECAL, they can use the bridge CALs to transition from on premise to cloud for workloads not offered through Office 365 (Windows/SQL).
Thanks for reading,
The purpose of this article is for informational purposes only. The names are fictional and created by the author’s imagination. Any name or resemblance is pure coincidental.