OneDrive Cloud Storage: 6 things you need to know.

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While the corporate world is constantly evolving, one thing remains constant. Businesses regardless of their scale and industry are migrating to the Cloud enjoying an enhanced security, mobility, and the unsurpassed convenience of online storages.  

The most significant benefits of the Cloud storage

  • Enhanced security. The growing threat of ransomware attacks can be mitigated by backing your data up to the Cloud storage where a copy of every document and file is securely maintained. 
  • Cost optimization. Cloud storage can be easily scaled up and down to address your business needs and you pay only for what you actually use. On top of this Cloud service provider covers all costs related to cloud storage network support and maintenance.  
  • Regulatory compliance. Data privacy and conditions of storing personal data is highly regulated. Cloud storage makes it easier to comply with ever-changing industry and government regulations. 

Any company can benefit from using a cloud storage, but not all cloud storage services are created equal. That’s why it’s critical to thoroughly research all options available on the market. 

Let’s take a closer look at Microsoft’s flagship cloud storage service – OneDrive Cloud Storage.

There are top 6 things you should know about OneDrive Cloud Storage:

  • From SkyDrive to OneDrive

OneDrive, previously known as SkyDrive, is a file hosting service, a part of Microsoft suite of online services. OneDrive takes remote work and flexibility to a different level allowing users to access their files from any device and browser. OneDrive makes it simple for employees to share files, provide suggestions, save and track changes. 

  • OneDrive for personal and business needs

Microsoft offer both personal and business options of OneDrive. The personal version of OneDrive is a great choice for backing up your photos or favorite playlists, but if you aim to protect business information, you must upgrade to OneDrive for Business. It offers own storage space for every team member, allows utilizing SharePoint for productive remote teamwork, and provides an extra layer of security by requiring users to login via their Office 365 account. 

  • Storage space and pricing plans

The personal version of OneDrive has a limited amount of storage, which is quite insufficient for even basic business needs. In 2016 Microsoft reduced the amount of free storage from 15GB to 5GB with an option to get an extra storage space up to 50 GB for $2 per month. Microsoft offers several OneDrive for Business plans and the actual rates can be checked on Microsoft official website. 

  • Simplicity of usage

Because of its ease of use and simplicity, OneDrive has becoming increasingly popular among corporate clients. OneDrive for Business is quite intuitive and simple to master. One of the most powerful tools is the synchronizing feature, which is also one of the easiest to use. Simply log in your Office 365 or SharePoint account, select OneDrive at the top of the page, then click Sync to sync your files. 

  • Security and data protection

Security has always been a major concern when it comes to storing and sharing data. Microsoft has developed OneDrive for Business with data protection in mind. Its default security features include data encryption both during transition and rest. OneDrive for Business also allows customers to encrypt selected files on demand and manage access granting. 

  • File recovery options

If some important documents have been accidentally deleted from OneDrive space, they can be recovered from user’s recycling bin within a specified period of time. The amount of time deleted files remain recoverable can be determined by user or company’s IT specialist.  

Final thoughts 

OneDrive by Microsoft is a good choice for both personal and business needs. OneDrive for Business cloud storage offers your team members a reliable, safe, and cost-effective solution for storing and securing their files alongside making it easier to work in distributed teams. 

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