by Michael Panciroli
The Office 365 Partner Community is led by National Partner Technology Strategists from the Microsoft US Partner Team. Partner Community activities include blog posts, discussions on Yammer, newsletters, and community calls.
Introducing OneDrive for Business
You don’t need to read an industry report or have an analyst tell you that we are blurring the lines between our personal and work lives. For example, we virally consume simple and easy-to-use cloud services that store, synch, and share our files and photos. We bring those expectations of simplicity and ease of use to work along with our own devices. Before you know it , we are using those services and devices to store and share work information. The problem for the enterprise is that those devices and experiences are not always secure. IT has no way to control sensitive data, prevent theft, or enforce the regulatory and compliance policies that the company may be bound to.
OneDrive for Business is the Microsoft solution for these problems. Microsoft is committed to winning this space by offering a product that users will love, IT will trust, and developers will extend and integrate into a wide spectrum of solutions.
Think about OneDrive for Business as:
- Everything for your work life
- One place to collaborate
- Enterprise grade IT
Everything for your work life
OneDrive comes in two flavors: OneDrive for your personal files and OneDrive for Business for your work files. The vision we are working toward is converging the best of consumer and commercial to a single set of simple, intuitive, frictionless experiences. You currently get 1TB of storage, increasing to unlimited storage later this year. You are able to take those documents offline and work on them, allowing you to be productive even when you're not connected. You can be confident that when you are connected again that your changes are synced and available across the different devices that you use—regardless of platform.
One place to collaborate
For Microsoft, it's not about just sticking things in the cloud. It's about getting things done. OneDrive is the place where I can easily share documents with people inside or outside of my organization. I can work on and collaborate with others on those specific documents within Microsoft Office. Rich integration with Office is one of the great differentiators for OneDrive for Business. We provide intelligent search and discovery with Office Delve and the Office Graph. Your editing experience includes rich co-authoring and document conversations with Yammer and Office Online. Because it's built on SharePoint Online as a foundation, you have version control, auditing capabilities, and extensive workflow. When you're ready to share, we provide a simple experience on web and mobile, including modern attachments. Modern attachments on Office 365 works behind the scenes with your OneDrive by automatically sharing and granting edit access to all recipients on your "To" line and read-only access to those on your "CC" line.
Enterprise grade IT
Our cloud services represent a massive investment in data centers and processes and we are betting the company on them. OneDrive for Business is backed by Office 365, offering you an enterprise-grade platform for security, management, and compliance:
- We offer physical and data security with access control, encryption, and strong authentication. We use security best practices like penetration testing and defense-in-depth approach to protect against cyber threats.
- We enable customers to meet their global compliance standards in ISO 27001, HIPAA, and FISMA.
- We give IT administrative controls like Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Legal Hold, and eDiscovery to enable organizational compliance along with controls to regulate sharing of sites, libraries, folders, and communications with external users.
All of this is provided in a cost-effective solution with a financially-backed guarantee of 99.9% uptime. Learn more about security, privacy, and compliance on the Office 365 Trust Center.
Microsoft is a market leader in productivity and we have an aggressive roadmap to bring new capabilities quickly. We have already delivered device support for Android and iOS. We have delivered new experiences such as Document Conversations and touch-design enhancements and delivered service enhancements such as encryption at rest.
The Office 365 Roadmap shows many important capabilities that are coming soon. Probably the most anticipated updates are unlimited storage and the Mac OS X sync client. Other notable updates include DLP policy management, RMS support for document libraries, and an end-to-end solution for Mobile Device Management solution across both OneDrive and Office on iOS and Android.
I hope this post has served as a helpful introduction to OneDrive for Business. Microsoft has a great story for file sync and sharing, but keep in mind that it’s a story about more than just cloud storage—it's about getting things done. Microsoft provides seamless integration with the familiar Microsoft Office tools to enable your customers to do their best work.
In my next community blog post, I will present hybrid options and discuss your opportunities with this workload. Register to join the community call on Thursday, February 5 for an in-depth discussion about this topic.