Transitioning to Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 from Enterprise Cloud Suite

Transitioning to Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 from Enterprise Cloud Suite

If your organisation used Enterprise Cloud Suite, then it is time to consider stepping up a gear with Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5. We look at what you need to know to make the move.

Transitioning to Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 from Enterprise Cloud Suite

The move from Enterprise Cloud Suite to Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) could not be easier for some organisations.

In fact, for some firms, they need do nothing at all. Microsoft rebranded its Enterprise Cloud Suite to Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and then added extra value by giving organisations access to the latest and more advanced technology from Microsoft. SPE combines Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite into a single licensing offering.

It is important to note that Enterprise Mobility + Security is the new name for what was previously the Enterprise Mobility Suite. Again, if your organisation was on the previous Enterprise Cloud Suite, you need do nothing to move onto Enterprise Mobility + Security E3.

Moving up to Secure Productive Enterprise E5

The change in name should give organisations the chance to consider whether it is time to move up to the E5 plan.

With Secure Productive Enterprise E3, organisations get Office 365 E3 (which includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business (Unlimited Storage), Yammer Enterprise, and Office 365 Pro Plus + Office Online.

It also comes with the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite E3 (Same as the previous Enterprise Mobility Suite). This includes Azure AD Premium P1 (previously Azure AD Premium), Azure Information Protection P1 (previously Azure RMS Premium), File Encryption, Cloud-based File Tracking, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, and Microsoft Intune. The plan also includes Windows 10 Enterprise E3.

Organisations may want to particularly consider transitioning to Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 if they require extra collaboration and communications capabilities or want to optimise their security functionality. This is the “premium” SKU and adds the following additional capabilities/licenses.

Office 365 E5 adds Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business (for On-premise PBX), Cloud PBX, and PSTN Conferencing. PSTN conferencing enables invitees to join Skype for Business meetings by dialling in from a landline or mobile phone. Cloud PBX for cloud-based call management allows users to make, receive, and transfer calls across a wide range of devices.

It also includes advanced services such as Advanced eDiscovery (formerly Equivio), Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection – Secure Attachments and URLs and Customer LockBox – Access Controls.

For organisations wanting to get more information out of their information systems, Delve Analytics offers end user and organisational analytics.

The Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite E5 has a number of features that organisations may want to consider moving up to. These include Azure AD Premium P2, which has everything in Azure AD Premium P1, as well as Azure Active Directory Identity Protection and Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management.

It also features Azure Information Protection P2 which combines Azure Information Protection P1 (File Encryption, Cloud-based File Tracking) with Automatic document classification (formerly Secure Islands). There is also Microsoft Cloud App Security (formerly Adallom) for identity-driven security in the cloud.

Lastly, Windows 10 Enterprise E5 adds Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. It is worthwhile noting that Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics does not change between E3 and E5 but it is classified in the same security pillar as Cloud App Security.

Flexible licensing

Secure Productive Enterprise offers flexible licensing for organisations looking to move to the cloud with a single, per-user subscription that’s cloud-first with on-premise capabilities. Firms can install, access and use Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business servers in dedicated environments without needing to buy on-premises applications or server software.

Both plans are offered as a single, per-user SKU, comprising cloud-first, on-premises capable licensing entitlements to help subscribers transition from on-premises environments to the cloud.

Current Enterprise Cloud Suite organisations are now Secure Productive Enterprise E3 customers. This means that they get Productivity Server Rights as a Secure Productive Enterprise benefit and there won’t be a need to purchase additional server licenses in most cases.

Regardless of whether your organisation stays with the E3 version of the package or trades up to E5, the changes outline Microsoft’s plan to make sure customers have the right technology to manage a secure and productive enterprise and enable an organisation’s digital transformation journey.


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