Licence changes to the OMS suite

Starting on the 1st April (no it wasn’t an April fools) Microsoft have changed their licencing model of the OMS suite – and there are some big changes!

How did the OMS suite come about?

For many years (stretching right back to 2007) Microsoft has provided a bundled suite of products for the management and monitoring of the enterprise environment – this was of course the System Centre Suite, a collection of products such as Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Orchestrator (although this was added much later when they purchased it) and Service Manager to name a few. For many years (and still today) the System Centre suite is a great collection of products to help in the administration and management of your on-premises environment although they do have one downfall, they’re huge applications that require a LOT of infrastructure, time, resource, training and money to deploy and operate.

With more and more resources and services now being deployed to the cloud and not your traditional on-premises datacentres a new approach to the monitoring and management of your resources was needed as the significant investment in deploying and maintaining on-premises management environments I the new cloud world did not make sense and as such the OMS (Operational Management Suite) suite was born (although many of the tools that make up the suite have been around for a while). The OMS suite is again a collection of tools and services (it’s important to understand that OMS is NOT a product, like the System Centre suite it’s a suite of products)  that were designed in the cloud from the start. There is no need to deploying and manage on-premises resources, OMS components are entirely hosted in Azure with minimal setup, configuration and simple to use portals less training.

How was it licensed?

Microsoft provided a subscription based offering to purchase OMS with two to choose from E1 and E2,much like Office 365 the different subscriptions came with different rights as to what out of the suite you  would be licensed to use – another important thing to note is that these subscriptions also gave you rights to the system center components giving a complete hybrid cloud environment licensing model. You would also pay for the amount and length of time you wanted to store the data.

The E1 Subscription came with:

  • Insight & Analytics
  • Automation and Control

The E2 subscription came with the added benefit of:

  • Security & Compliance
  • Backup
  • Site Recovery

The other option was to purchase the individual components separately and cherry pick the ones that you were going to need. This purchasing option even gave you the chance of using the Log & Analytics component for free, although you were limited to 7 days of retention and an ingress limit of 500MB per day.

So what’s changed?

Well a LOT although to be fair to Microsoft they are bringing it in line with their model of ‘pay per use’ they have for Azure and their cloud Services. You no longer have the concept of the Subscription (bundle) pricing for the OMS suite – you pay for what you’re using which can make it a little harder to recharge and plan for the costs although the main change is around the Insight & Analytics. Microsoft have updated their (fantastic) If you’re going to use other components of the OMS suite – Azure Backup for example you will pay for Azure Backup as normal (again the calculator is your friend in working out the costs).

Another great place to have a look is within the Azure portal open the ‘Monitor’ service. Within the Monitor blade you will see ‘Usage and estimated Costs’ where you can select your subscription(s) where you’ll see a measure for ‘Insight & Analytics’.

Usage and Estimated Costs

I’ve been using the Insight and Analytics free option!

Don’t panic! Taken straight from the FAQ’s “Customers who started using Log Analytics on the free tier before 2 April 2018 can continue to stay on the old free tier. The old free tier has a 500 MB limit on the amount of data collected daily and doesn’t allow for data retention periods that are longer than 7 days. The new pricing model does not have any limits on the amount of data collected daily and allows you to retain your log data for up to two years. Customers on the old pricing model can switch at any time to the new pricing model above.”

Do have a look at the FAQ’s at the bottom of this page ( as it does answer a lot of the questions I have been hearing from customers.

Hope that helps!

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