OneDrive - a matured cloud providerhttps://www.trustradius.com/cloud-storageOneDriveUnspecified8.14981012018-12-12T20:55:08.888Z
December 12, 2018
OneDrive - a matured cloud provider
Score 10 out of 101
Overall Satisfaction with OneDrive
OneDrive is part of the Office 365 offering, so each user in the organization has access to OneDrive cloud space under their account. In our company, OneDrive is used for personal work documents that users may or may not share with other users and/or the outside world. That's just our case use, but it is also the recommended way to use OneDrive per Microsoft. It allows the users to have their own cloud folder, so they can access their own files from virtually anywhere, and it keeps the general company repository separate from personal stuff.
- Selective folder sync - you can easily pick and choose which folders sync to a person's computer
- The actual file is not synced until it is needed - you see the file, but until you need it, it takes up no space on your device!
- Available on virtually any device that has internet access - phone/tablet apps, browser based access, sync client access
- Sync client (Windows) can continue to be updated such that it becomes even more stable
- Mobile apps should be tweaked a bit more - they can be more intuitive
- Being bundled into our Office 365 accounts makes the service very inexpensive compared to alternative cloud providers.
- Providing our users with a cloud storage solution has definitely benefited our mobile employees by allowing them to have the files they need accessible to them in the field.
- We're able to control the external sharing of documents to a much greater degree with OneDrive.
I mentioned in another area that OneDrive is bundled into our Office 365 accounts - so let me start there. Dropbox will cost you $10 and more per month. Our entire Office 365 account costs $12.50/month for each user - and we get full Office with that. Enough said there. As far as features go - I've found that most of these cloud storage providers all afford similar feature sets as far as sync clients; apps and addons; storage space; etc. - so choosing one or the other really goes to the needs of the company and of course - what's in place already. If your company uses Google apps - Dropbox might make more sense because of tighter integrations. However - if you already use Office 365 in some iteration, OneDrive is already baked in.
OneDrive is well suited for business users that need access to their data on the fly from outside the organization. It's great for those personal work files that an IT person (like me), a field agent or a sales person may use when out in the field. I also feel it is well suited when used to share anything with the outside world. It is absolutely not suited to be shared between users as you completely lose all individual accountability... If more than one user is accessing the same OneDrive - you can't tell who did what anymore. For this usage - turn to SharePoint!