Last week we discussed Skype for Business 2015 on-prem licensing. That’s half the equation. The other half is that bane of Microsoft administrators everywhere…license costs.
To prepare for this post, we dug through our Microsoft Partner documentation and spoke with our suppliers. Which is where we hit a caveat – depending on which supplier we would order Skype for Business 2015 from, we got slightly different pricing.
As such, I’m quoting MSRP pricing here. Depending on your supplier, your pricing may vary.
I intend this post as a “standardized reference” for U.S. IT Pros. We’re glad to inform your purchasing decisions…but always get a final quote before agreeing to buy!
Please also note that this information is accurate as of May 25, 2015. According to one supplier, Microsoft will raise their on-premises User CAL pricing by 13% on August 1, 2015. The list price for Device CALs will not change.
Microsoft may change its pricing again at any point in the future. (If this does happen I’ll try to update the post and remind everyone.)
That’s it for the disclaimers. On to the pricing!
The Pricing Scenarios We’ll Use – Office 365, Hybrid, On-Premise
Just listing off some numbers is boring. This is the Lync/Skype4B Insider – we don’t do boring.
So for this post, we’ll show you Skype for Business 2015 pricing in 3 different scenarios.
Scenario 1: 25 users. Office 365 account/Skype for Business Online.
Scenario 2: 25 users. Full on-premise Skype for Business Server 2015.
Scenario 3: 25 users. Hybrid deployment; Office 365 for primary Skype for Business services, on-premise Skype for Business Server for Enterprise Voice.
Scenario 1: Office 365
This is the easiest to identify. We even have two options: a standalone Skype for Business Online plan, or bundled with Office 365.
Standalone Skype for Business Online Plan Pricing:
Online Plan 1: $2.00/user per month
Online Plan 2: $5.50/user per month
With 25 Users: Online Plan 1 costs $50/month. Online Plan 2 costs $137.50/month.
This scenario works for: Small/new businesses, cloud-friendly businesses.
Scenario 2: On-Premise/Skype for Business Server 2015
Since we learned last week that a license is required for every Front End server in Skype for Business Server 2015, let’s assume 1 Front End in our On-Premise scenario.
- 1 Front End Server License (MSRP) – $3,646.00
- 25 Standard User CALs – $36.00 each, or $900 total
- 25 Enterprise User CALs (Conferencing & desktop sharing) – $124.00 each, or $3,100 total
- 25 Plus User CALs (Voice & call management) – $124.00 each, or $3,100 total
This scenario works for: Enterprises, businesses who want Persistent Chat and/or on-site data storage.
Scenario 3: Hybrid (Office 365 with a Skype for Business Server running Enterprise Voice)
In this scenario you could use either E1 or E3 for Office 365. I’ll use E3, assuming you want full hybrid capabilities.
25 Office 365 users, E3 plan – $500/month, or $6,000/year.
Skype for Business Enterprise Voice is installed on-premise.
1 Front End Server License (MSRP), required to establish Enterprise Voice functionality – $3,646.00
25 Plus User CALs (for Enterprise Voice) – $124.00 each, or $3,100 total
Total (for 1 year): $12,746.00
This scenario works for: Cloud-cautious businesses, businesses with an existing Exchange Server or Office 365 accounts.
Which Scenario Will You Use to Transition?
Remember these scenarios discuss licensing prices only. Hardware and implementation costs are not included. Which is why, while the Hybrid scenario appears the most expensive in terms of licensing, it may wind up saving you money on hardware. Depending on your office network.
Of these 3, which looks like the scenario you would use to transition your business to Skype for Business 2015? Please comment or email. I’d love to know your thoughts on the new pricing too.