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Microsoft has upped its ante in the ongoing cloud wars, increasing storage allotments for business customers and offering to help companies migrate from their existing storage solutions to OneDrive. OneDrive for Business subscribers will soon be granted 1TB of storage per user, up from the more modest 25GB per user that …

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  1. vagabondo
    Coat

    " integration with Office 365"

    There's always a downside!

    [with The GNU Bible in the pocket]

  2. Herby

    $5/month/user

    In a year that is $60. With the current disk prices, you can get easily 1TB of disk, and keep it forever. If you spend a bit more (but not much) you can get a nice retail box that you can connect externally to your nice lappy, or desky, put in your pocket to have and to hold.

    So: Why bother?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: $5/month/user

      So: Why bother?

      Your suggestion takes on even more meaning when you put it in the context of the revelations about how the US government (and now judiciary) believe your data is theirs to access at will.

      1. Gray
        Facepalm

        Re: $5/month/user

        But my wife's firm has all of their (her) data stored in the Microsoft server facilities in Ireland ... not in the U.S. ... therefore safe from the U.S. Gov't grasping clutches .... oh, wait ... drat!!!

        Where'd we put that terabyte external drive ...

    2. joed

      Re: $5/month/user

      It'd be really funny when some of users started shifting 1TB data - once the telco bill is to be paid they'll backpedal to 5GB in a hurry. Though - since 1TB would take infinity to transfer for most business/users - MS is just selling a mirage, might give it away for free as well.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: $5/month/user

        "It'd be really funny when some of users started shifting 1TB data - once the telco bill is to be paid they'll backpedal to 5GB in a hurry. Though - since 1TB would take infinity to transfer for most business/users - MS is just selling a mirage, might give it away for free as well."

        A Reg Commentard from 2014 is investigating storage prices when he is knocked over by a speeding car. Waking up, he finds himself apparently in 1998. Is he mad, in a coma, or has he travelled back in time? Initially struggling to come to terms with his dial-up Internet connection JoeD has to come to terms with the old-fashioned technology and attitudes of the day, convinced that, if he can find out how he came to be trapped in the past, he can find the way home.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: $5/month/user

        "once the telco bill is to be paid they'll backpedal to 5GB in a hurry"

        Microsoft are very unlikely to be using services that charge for volume of data - they will usually be buying very large leased line links.

    3. big_D Silver badge
      Mushroom

      Re: $5/month/user

      And the cost of an LTO plus tapes to keep all that data backed up, plus a secure offsite storage location (bank vault or data storage/recovery center)? Replacing defective disks?

      I would think, by the time you take into account redundancy and backups, you are at a lot more than $60 a year.

      That said, I'd want to know what sort of backups and duplication schemes are in force on OneDrive for business before I would consider it. One client got stung, they switched to a mirrored server (Stratus Avance) and thought that meant that they could do without backups, ignoring our advice. It worked fine, until a key database got corrupted and the corruption was instantly mirrored.

    4. extremely well

      Re: $5/month/user

      "So: Why bother?"

      Hmmm... Fire, flood, tornado/earthquake, ransomware (overwriting your backups), more common malware (infecting your backup), device malfunction, and theft. ...to name a few. ;)

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: $5/month/user

      And how much to make that 1TB of disk resilient, and to keep that 1TB of disk always online and in a high security datacentre?

    6. jordysmith

      Re: $5/month/user

      Well, you would if you need to share files quickly and efficiently. If you're just data archiving, you could easily take an external, but that also has risks and drawbacks. However, I don't see the point in dishing out $60 a year when you can get just as good of a business client in DriveHQ for only $6 a year.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    pointless until they sort their bandwidth

    I have win 8.1 on my laptop, and since the latest update forced onedrive on me, I thought i'd move some stuff from my dropbox and make use of the free space of both.

    I moved a bunch of development webs and I was getting an upload speed to onedrive of about 10kB/s. It took days to sync everything. I though maybe it was a temporary issue, gave it a week, but it seems this is just the way it is. The support forums are filled with people complaining about the same, and MS support drones going through the motions of asking people for various logs to help them analyse the problem.

    I got fed up, moved everything back to dropbox, and it all synced in about 30 minutes. I've since used the group policy to remove onedrive.

    I actually quite like Win 8.1 now (I know...) but onedrive is completely useless. I want stuff to sync as near as instantly as possible. Imagine how bad the speed would be if Win 8.1 was actually popular and there were even more people forced into using it.

    1. jb99

      Re: pointless until they sort their bandwidth

      It's strange, previous had this problem with speed. But recently it's been very fast for me.

      Something changes? I don;t know..

  4. pvt manjugs

    But what about the 2GB File Size Limit...!

    The 1TB is only useful if the 2GB file size limit is removed surely!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: But what about the 2GB File Size Limit...!

      "The 1TB is only useful if the 2GB file size limit is removed surely!"

      You are using the wrong codec if you need more than 2Gb for most movies!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Time Saver

    Windows is crap. I hate everything Microsoft does. I love Linux.

    (Please copy and use in comments for any article about Microsoft and/or Windows.

    Yes, 99% of the comments will then be identical. But they are anyway, at least this way they'll look tidy.)

    1. Velv Silver badge

      Re: Time Saver

      There's programmers here, can we just use variables instead:

      var_OS is crap. I hate everything var_OS_Vendor does. I love NOT_var_OS.

      (Please copy and use in comments for any article about var_OS_Vendor and/or var_OS.

      Yes, 99% of the comments will then be identical. But they are anyway, at least this way they'll look tidy.)

  6. Lazlo Woodbine

    Meaningless hype

    Which business user will need 1tb of storage for documents?

    Yeah, if you're into media creation then that storage would be handy, but you'd want faster access than offered by OneDrive which is pedestrian at best.

    1. G 14

      Re: Meaningless hype

      i generate between 5-15GB of files per month in a business environment, some of us do some real work you know!

      1. Lazlo Woodbine

        Re: Meaningless hype

        I do real work, but in my first year in this job I've generated less than a gig of files, I image the vast majority of office based staff are the same as me, working in Word & Excel using the compress xml files.

        By the way, @ between 5 & 15gb a month you'll still take between 5 & 16 years to fill a terabyte, so my point is still valid...

        1. G 14

          Re: Meaningless hype

          Your point is not valid at all. at say 100gb per year (and i have years of existing work) i'd be nudging capacity and looking for more storage within a few years, and if i was looking at a solution like this then i'd want to be thinking in years rather than a short term dump.

          Your point was which business user would need this sort of space; plenty of them

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Meaningless hype

      My porn alone would easily fill 1TB. Then add in all the movies for those long business trips, etc. and I could see plenty of business men using this sort of space up.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Meaningless hype

        My porn alone would easily fill 1TB.

        Hmmm so is that the MS plan? As their revenue stream declines (from not selling all the non-existant apps in their app store) they're making moves to become the biggest online porn repository...

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