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Exploring Cloud Storage – Part 2 – Dropbox and SkyDrive Pro

 

Continuing in our series of articles about cloud storage, here we’ll discuss two of the four main options you have in choosing a provider, Dropbox and SkyDrive. Because each business’ requirements are different, each service can have its share of advantages and disadvantages. If you’re in need of advice, feel free to contact us and we’ll see what our consultancy can do for you and your business.

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Dropbox for Business

Cost:

$795 (£520) per Year for 5 Users. Scales with additional users.

Storage Space:

Unlimited. No limit on file size.

Platforms:

iOS, Mac, Android, Windows, Linux. Also browser accessible.

Features:

Enhanced security.
Team management tools.
Active Directory integration.
File version history.
File recovery.
Live Support.

Dropbox is one of the main four competitors for cloud storage solutions at the moment. The main benefits of choosing Dropbox are their unlimited storage space, user friendliness, support for many available operating systems, and strong team management tools. However, premium service comes at a premium price, and although the Dropbox product is reliable, secure and well developed, it is quite expensive, and as such may not be suitable for businesses with a limited budget.

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Microsoft SkyDrive Pro (SharePoint Online)

Cost:

£8.40 / £9.80 per user per month for small / medium businesses.
(Both options include access to full Office 365 Software Suite)

Storage Space:

10 GB base for business plus additional 500 MB per user.

Platforms:

iOS, Windows.

Features:

Integration with Windows.
Enhanced integration with Office 365 Suite.
Team management options.
Integration with SharePoint 2013.
Subscription provides access to all other Office software alongside SkyDrive.

 

So let’s clear up some confusion over what you may have heard. There are actually two SkyDrive products; SkyDrive, which is the consumer cloud storage service that everyone with a Microsoft Account has, for personal document storage, and SkyDrive Pro, which is the professional service. SkyDrive Pro works with SharePoint Online (the actual business cloud storage service provided as part of your Office 365 subscription) and can also work with any SharePoint servers your organization already has in place, too. The SkyDrive Pro app is there to provide a user-friendly bridge that everyday users can access to sync all the files they need, whether they’re stored on your business’ own SharePoint 2013 servers, or in Microsoft’s SharePoint Online cloud storage. Since access to SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint Online comes along with the rest of the Office 365 Suite for businesses, most will find this is a little more economical as an option than choosing a separate cloud storage service.

It is, however, a little more complicated to set up, but fear not! We’re here to help you out. As part of our Birmingham – based business IT support services, we provide full setup of and assistance with these systems. We’ll try to help you choose the one that’s best for you and your business, and present the facts you need in a clear way.

Give us a call on 0845 234 0580 to find out more about how we could help you, or drop us an email at info@geek-guru.co.uk

 

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