Interlink Cloud Blog

Interlink Cloud Blog

Welcome to the Interlink Cloud Blog

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations or warranties regarding the information from our partners or other external sources.
Sarah Bunt

Interlink Cloud Advisors Named 2015 Fast 55 Winner by Cincinnati Business Courier

Cincinnati-based systems integrator, Interlink, gets awarded for their 233 percent revenue growth.

Interlink Team Photo1 2

The Cincinnati Business Courier recently announced the 2015 Fast 55 award winners at their annual Fast 55 awards luncheon. Interlink Cloud Advisors, a systems integrator focusing on Microsoft cloud-based solutions, was recognized as the 5th fastest growing firm in Cincinnati overall. They were also the fastest growing firm in the ‘$1 million to $5 million’ revenue category.


For the past 11 years, The Business Courier has been ranking Greater Cincinnati’s fastest-growing private, for-profit companies through its Fast 55 program. To be considered, companies must be headquartered in the Greater Cincinnati region and have an average of at least $1 million in sales for the three most recent years. Each year, awards are presented to the top 5 companies that have demonstrated the most outstanding revenue growth over a three-year period. Winners are selected out of the 55 previously named finalists, in five revenue categories ― ranging from $1 million to $100+ million. The award represents the incredible hard work and dedication behind Interlink’s growth.


“We are proud to be recognized as a top growing contributor to our region’s economic success and believe it is due to our firm commitment of helping businesses take advantage of the economics, flexibility and extensibility of cloud computing on the Microsoft platform,” stated Interlink President Matt Scherocman. “It feels good to know we have built a company that offers services and solutions that are not only profitable, but also cut client costs and increase overall performance.”


Microsoft echoes those sentiments. “As a born-in-the-cloud integrator, Microsoft has partnered with Interlink for the past four years. We have watched them grow from a startup to one of our top managed partners, which now provides solutions across three different geographic areas,” explained Amy Riegert, Director of Partner Sales at Microsoft in the US Central Region.


To see the entire list of Fast 55 Finalists and Winners, visit:

To view pictures of the event, visit:

Continue reading
  7711 Hits
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:





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.

(left side of graphic)





Tomorrow’s ECS plan encompasses the same items on the left now delivered in a cloud / user model with enhanced functionality.


Continue reading
  46705 Hits
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.



Continue reading
  7862 Hits
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. 

Continue reading
  6124 Hits
Matt Scherocman

Comparing Office 365 E1 Plan vs. the Core CAL

Things that are included in the E1 plan that are not in the Core CAL:

  • Skype for Business Enterprise CAL functionality is included.  This enables unlimited audio, video, and web conferencing.
  • Yammer is designed for social collaboration and is popular for millennials which will be beneficial to help the organization collaborate.
  • OneDrive gives unlimited storage per user and the ability to protect data on laptops, on the go, and sync data from multiple devices.
  • Office Online is a lightweight version of Office available via any modern browser – great for quickly editing documents from anywhere.
  • Office Video is your organization’s own internal video channel. Share the latest news from your management, a video on your latest product, or demonstrate weaknesses in your competitor’s product.


Benefits of leveraging the cloud for deployment:

The E plan components can either be run in the cloud, on premise, or a hybrid between the two.  So, fundamentally the E1 plan provides the cloud infrastructure as an option to the purchaser. 

  • Servers, storage, server licenses, power, cooling, etc. are offered by Microsoft in their data centers included in the pricing of E1.
  • All future cloud upgrades done by Microsoft. Automatically!
  • Global redundancy - now you have a built in disaster recovery plan.
  • Pre-integrated functionality, i.e. Lync is federated and mobile out of the box. Saves a ton of time and effort.
  • Easy to add functionality like encrypting outgoing mail for your executives which can be added for $2 a month and be up in running in minutes.
  • Mail filtering is included with a 100% Service Level on malware.  Microsoft promises not to let viruses through.

What is included in the Core CAL that is not in E1? 

Fundamentally the Core CAL is a license and is typically sold with maintenance from Microsoft called Software Assurance.  The license portion is good perpetually and clients are entitled to the last version Microsoft published under their maintenance period.  Therefore, a client can stop paying maintenance and legally continue to run the software.  The subscription model of E1 is different.  It does not include any perpetual licensing rights and rights to run the software will terminate when the agreement ends. Clients who move to the cloud on an Enterprise Agreement can transition back to legacy on premises licensing at an anniversary date if they desire.  Check with us or a licensing specialist for details and restrictions. 

Cloud Return on Investment

Is all of that worth extra money a year to your organization? We can help you figure that out. We are happy to run an ROI calculation using your data! Some quick thoughts on where savings can be found:

  • Admin savings – a low estimate around $20k per year
  • Hardware / maintenance costs - $10k per year, higher for redundant configurations
  • Storage costs – reuse expensive fast disk for other workloads - totally get rid of email archives
  • Mail filtering software – approximately $10 per user per year
  • Data protection - An executive’s laptop is stolen, but not their data because of OneDrive
  • Backups – reuse existing disk / tape, remove agents from maintenance
  • Server licensing costs if workload is deployed in the cloud.  For example, SharePoint would require a SharePoint server license, a Windows Server license, and SQL licensing
  • An email system that stays up and running even in the event of a natural disaster – priceless!

If you would like to learn more about your options as you consider your Enterprise Agreement renewal, we would be happy to walk you through your options and how to get the most out of your Microsoft licensing! Give us a call at 800-900-1150 or contact us here.

Continue reading
  23494 Hits

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to

Welcome to the Interlink Cloud Blog

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations or warranties regarding the information from our partners or other external sources.