Microsoft changes some of the Office 365 product names

Microsoft are announcing a product name change only  for some of Microsoft365 products. There are no pricing or feature changes at this time!

The new product names are already into effect since the 21st of April , 2020.  The below table shows the Old & New naming for each modified product:

Old Name New Name
Office 365 Business Essentials Microsoft 365 Business Basic
Office 365 Business Premium Microsoft 365 Business Standard
Microsoft 365 Business Microsoft 365 Business Premium
Office 365 Business Microsoft 365 Apps. For Business
Office 365 ProPlus Microsoft 365 Apps. For Enterprise

However, no changes were done for the below products:

  • Office 365 for Enterprise (E1, E3, E5)
  • Office 365 for Firstline workers (F1)
  • Office 365 for Education (A1, A3, A5)
  • Office 365 for Government (G1, G3, G5)

Linked below are two comparison sheets for both Microsoft 365 and Office 365 showing the availability features/products for each plan for both Commercial & Educational plan

Dual Use Rights

With so many changes impacting Microsoft’s flagship on-premise products and the online advanced Microsoft 365 equivalents, we’re seeing regular announcements from Microsoft regarding use right changes. One example is the update to Microsoft 365 dual use rights.

What are Dual Use Rights?

Dual Use Rights allows customers the option to deploy the server software either in Microsoft’s cloud or in a private on-premises or partner-hosted cloud. In some cases, customers may want to deploy both types of instances simultaneously. This might be done to help with migrating a Dynamics 365 on-premises deployment to Dynamics 365, running private Dev/Test deployments in Microsoft Azure. With Dual Use Rights, Dynamics 365 users licensed with the required User SL (Subscription License) do not need to acquire CALs (Client Access License) to access Server instances.

Do I need to purchase a Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM, or Dynamics 365 server separately to make use of Dual Use Rights?

Users or devices licensed with Dynamics 365 SLs have use rights equivalent to a CAL for the purpose of accessing equivalent on-premises functionality. With Dynamics 365 the server license is included with the SLs. For Finance, Supply Chain Management, Retail, and Talent applications, this is the Dynamics 365 for Operations Server and for the Customer Engagement applications this is the Dynamics 365 (On-premises) Server.  Customers may use downgrade rights to deploy an earlier version of a server, however, downgrade rights are limited to Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Server for Dynamics 365 for Operations on-premises Server, and Dynamics CRM 2016 for Dynamics 365 (On-Premises) Server. Licenses for all supporting servers (e.g., Windows Server and CAL(s)) must be obtained separately.

Users or devices licensed with the following SLs may access the on-premises Dynamics 365 Server software provided via dual use rights:

  • Sales Enterprise
  • Customer Service Enterprise
  • Team Members

Users or devices licensed with the following SLs may only access the on-premises Dynamics 365 for Operations Server software provided via dual use rights:

  • Finance
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Retail
  • Operations – Device
  • Team Members

On-premises dual use rights only apply for the specific Dynamics for Operations applications for which the user has a cloud SL. For example, a user licensed for Finance may only use the Dynamics 365 on-premises security roles associated with the Finance USL. Dual Use Rights included with Dynamics 365 SLs are non-perpetual and will expire when the cloud subscription expires.

 

Dual Use Rights Mapping:

However, please note the following limitations:

  • Dual Use Rights give the right to access Microsoft Dynamics 365 (On-Premises) Server licenses for users that are licensed with a Dynamics 365 USL (online).
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 (On-Premises) CALs have no reciprocal rights to access functionality provided exclusively to Microsoft Dynamics 365 USLs (online):
    • Office 365 Teams integration.
    • Ability to have pivot table based on the quick data analysis
    • Portals and data visualization
    • Microsoft power platform
    • Sales:
      • Relationship Analysis
      • LinkedIn Integration
      • Predictive Scoring
      • Playbooks
      • Forecasting
    • Customer Service:
      • Channel Integration
      • Omni-channel engagement hub
      • Live Chat
      • Suggest similar cases
      • Customer Service Insights

 

Microsoft SPLA | Changes to the 2017 Partner Pricelist

Microsoft will not be announcing any price changes in January 2017 for SPLA licenses. However, Microsoft Dynamics® 365 released in SPLA on February 1, 2016, will replace the current Dynamics CRM SKUs. Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the next generation of intelligent business applications that enable organizations to grow, evolve, and transform. These applications provide CRM capabilities to help engage customers, empower employees, and reinvent products and business models. Microsoft Dynamics 365 helps customers to accelerate their digital transformation to meet the changing needs of their customers and capture the new business opportunities of tomorrow.

 Changes:

  • Dynamics 365 will include Sales, Customer Services and Team Members SALs.
  • The new SKUs/SALs will appear on the February 1, 2017 SPLA price list and the February SPUR
  • Microsoft Dynamics® 365 released in SPLA on February 1, 2016, will replace the current Dynamics CRM SKUs

The following SKUs will be removed from SPLA in February 2017:

Part Number Description
QHH-00028 DynCRMSrvcPrvdr ALNG LicSAPk MVL SAL
QHH-00089 DynCRMSrvcPrvdr ALNG LicSAPk MVL SAL Bsc
QHH-00090 DynCRMSrvcPrvdr ALNG LicSAPk MVL SAL Essntls

The following SKUs will be added in SPLA in February 2017:

Part Number Description
EMJ-00429 Dyn365ForTeamMembers ALNG LicSAPk MVL SAL
EMT-00565 Dyn365ForCustmrSrvc ALNG LicSAPk MVL SAL
ENJ-00705 Dyn365ForSales ALNG LicSAPk MVL SAL

The following table includes the mapping of the old Dynamics Sku’s (AX & CRM) to the new Dynamics 365 Sku’s:

Existing User License New User License
Pro User SAL Sales User SAL
Pro User SAL Customer Service User SAL
Basic User SAL Sales User SAL
Basic User SAL Customer Service User SAL
Essential User SAL Team Members User SAL

Benefits of Hybrid Hosting

Hybrid cloud is a term that describes when an organization uses the services of a public cloud provider which can be usually Microsoft Azure, IBM BlueMix… in addition to its private cloud. By having parallel cloud networks accessible through the same architecture, businesses have the ability to utilize the benefits of both, including faster data transfer and increased privacy.

Hybrid networks generally offer more flexibility, scalability and security over other types of hosting, whilst also being able to perform in ways that cloud and traditional hosting can’t.

Some major hybrid cloud advantages include:

  • Increased data speeds – hybrid networks can be configured to push essential data through private servers instead of public ones, greatly improving load times and data transfer speeds.
  • Improved security – Sensitive data can be secured on private servers with many layers of encryption that can only be accessed in house, whilst non-sensitive and publicly-accessible data and applications can be accessed through a public server.
  • Decreased spending – Utilizing the public cloud for applications that don’t require security is likely to be more economical in the long run.
  • Better cost visibility – Leveraging the power of a public cloud will showcase the exact amount of expenditures your are incurring making it easier to estimate your total cost and therefore estimating the right margin that is more likely to generate profit.
  • Lowering downtime risk – Most of the time, having both private and public cloud at your disposal means your end customers don’t have to worry about downtime.
  • Improving local network operations – Hybrid hosting also allows you the added advantage of being able to shift resource heavy processes through a separate private or public cloud network, greatly improving local network operations.

DoubleTake | 5 Reasons for Service Providers to consider DRaaS

Service providers have the ability to provide their end customers today with a complete Disaster Recovery as a Service solution using Double Take Cloud Protection and Recovery provides which provides low-risk, near-zero downtime DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS) for organizations of all sizes. Its usage-based pricing and compliance with SLAs and RPO/RTO guidelines make it just the solution the market needs today. Here are 5 advantages for the DRaaS every End Customer should think of when considering a DR solution:

1. Reduced Disaster Recovery Costs

if you currently have a disaster recovery site in place, you are already familiar with the high costs associated with such an infrastructure. Beyond the unavoidable investments in replication software and the required software licenses for servers, storage and security, there are a number of significant additional costs involved. Most of these additional costs are effectively eliminated by using DRaaS through a service provider:

  • Owning your own building or leasing space for your secondary datacenter
  • Alternatively, leasing a cabinet or cage at a datacenter provider
  • Monthly costs associated with power, cooling and Internet bandwidth at the secondary site
  • Purchase or lease of servers, storage and network equipment at the secondary site
  • Travel to and from datacenters or on-site staff at the secondary datacenter

2. Reduced Complexity

Building and maintaining a secondary DR site can be both costly and complex. If all of that infrastructure could be eliminated then the administration, upgrade requirements, maintenance contracts and more could be eliminated as well.

3. Achieve Interoperability

So many DR solutions are based on replication/synchronization to/from only one specific hypervisor, or may be restricted to use with one model physical server. Some solutions are even application specific. In contrast, DRaaS solutions are available that are hardware, hypervisor and application independent, so you can protect servers across different hypervisors, replicate data between dissimilar storage systems, etc.

4. Save Time

By reducing complexity and simplifying the disaster recovery solution with a single provider, IT groups will save a tremendous amount of time as compared to managing their own disaster recovery site. Additionally, if you have yet to deploy your own DR site, you’ll be able to deploy DRaaS within hours or days (depending on your number of servers) as compared to the weeks or months it can take to deploy your own site.

5. Provide a Comprehensive DR Solution

In many cases companies who implement their own DR site have to do it in phases and only protect the most critical servers first (In many cases, never even being able to protect all servers). Because DRaaS is so much easier and more affordable, many companies are able to protect all of their servers (physical and virtual), providing a complete DR solution.

Microsoft | Licensing SharePoint Hosting in SPLA

hosting

As it is known in Microsoft SPLA, SharePoint Server Standard and Enterprise licenses are provided under the Subscriber Access License, which means that each end customer’s internal users who can directly or indirectly access the SharePoint Server would need a license. Service Provider will use the software in this case to provide internal users access to content, information, and applications. Therefore, use of SharePoint Server software to provide content, information, and applications that are limited to internal users must be licensed under SharePoint Server SALs.

SharePoint Hosting – Licensing Based on Processors Used

In contrast and in order to provide SharePoint Server as a Website or Hosted and therefore, allowing an unlimited number of external users to access it, in this case, the licensing scheme would shift from SAL to Processor License. Customer may use the software to provide External Users access to content, information, and applications. Customer may also use the software to provide internal users access to content, information, and applications so long as that same content and information and those same applications are also accessible by External Users.

To run Instances of the server software in the Physical OSE on a Server, you need a license for each physical processor that the Physical OSE uses.

To run Instances of the server software in the Physical OSE on a Server, you need a license for each physical processor that the Physical OSE uses. 

Scenario 1

SharePoint Hosting roles are deployed on 1 physical server with 2 physical processors. Therefore, in this case, SharePoint Hosting would require a total of 2 licenses equal to the number of physical processors.

To run Instances of the server software in Virtual OSEs on a Server, you need a license for each virtual processor that each of those Virtual OSEs uses. If a Virtual OSE uses a fraction of a virtual processor, the fraction counts as a full virtual processor.

Scenario 2

SharePoint Hosting roles are deployed on 1 Virtual Machine with 8 Virtual Cores. This Virtual Machine is created on a Physical Server with 2 physical processors and 4 Cores per Processor. In this case partner would need 8 (Virtual Cores) / 4 (Cores per Processor) = 2 licenses.