As Microsoft has rebranded the SkyDrive app to OneDrive, Microsoft has been courting personal users to upgrade and use its features. Now, Microsoft is pulling out the punches and getting enterprise and business users on board with up to 1TB of storage available to them.
Microsoft has upped the ante for online storage, by giving users of its SharePoint OneDrive for Business quota up to 1TB of storage, from the original 25GB, and then 100GB limits. This move should gets lots of businesses to start using OneDrive for Business and soon.
How 1TB Works
Currently the OneDrive for Business via the SharePoint OneDrive for Business was limited to a smaller amount. Now, administrators can assign new upper quotas of 50GB, 100GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB to users. The only catch to this is the pooled tenant storage allocation for users, as it cannot exceed the 1TB overall.
Enterprise customers are now able to also purchase additional pooled tenant storage per GB if they need it. The SharePoint site collection limit has been upgraded to up to 25TB of max SharePoint Online storage, should a company need that much storage. This is a huge update for larger enterprise customers that need this much online storage.
OneDrive Vs The Others
This move by Microsoft is clearly a move to get enterprise and business customers to use OneDrive for Business. By giving them up to 1TB of storage, they can make sure that customers start using it right away, and stay away from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and other cloud based storage systems for businesses.
With Google recently lowering prices for Google Drive, and Dropbox getting more aggressive for the enterprise customer, Microsoft has to do everything it can to keep the business user happy. By giving them more storage, they can encourage enterprise customers to use OneDrive and to share their files on it with their employees. With up to 25TB of available upgrades, this should fit any businesses goal and storage needs. This is a bold move from Microsoft, and should please many business customers overall.
I like OneDrive so far, and use it daily. For businesses, Microsoft has to move forward and keep them happy.