Microsoft has announced that its corporate OneDrive for Business offering now comes with 1TB of storage as standard as it looks to pull away from rivals in the enterprise cloud storage market.
This is a huge increase on the previous allowance of 25GB, and comes a month after Microsoft announced it was making OneDrive for Business available as a standalone product, in order to use the service without a full Office 365 subscription.
Corporate vice president at Microsoft John Case used the announcement to take pot-shots at its cloud storage rivals, which include Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.
“There are several solutions offered, many from companies that have sprung up to focus exclusively on this market. Some have come from the consumer world and are new to the enterprise software market and the requirements around delivering enterprise-grade cloud services," he wrote.
“Others are focused on the enterprise, but only as a point solution. Few are prepared to meet the evolving needs of businesses looking for a holistic and comprehensive approach to meeting the full needs of their employees as they live a cloud-first, mobile-first work style.”
He rounded out his post by claiming only Microsoft’s offering helps employees use cloud storage tools alongside their other key services. “The cloud is about breaking down walls between people and information. Not building a new set of islands in the sky. Make sure you bet on a file sync and share solution that helps you embrace that,” he added.
However, the CEO of Box Aaron Levie hit back at these comments, claiming this is exactly what Microsoft was doing by not allowing for great interoperability between its products and others in use on the market.
“By keeping Office 365 users on the closed OneDrive 'island', Microsoft is stranding hundreds of millions of users and customers that have chosen Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and others,” he wrote.
“And by releasing Office on the iPad without the ability to view or edit documents from any cloud service other than their own, they’re making it harder – not easier – for users to get the most out of their software.”
The comments relating to Office for iPad come just after V3 revealed that there have been over 500 one-star reviews for the Word app since it went live, with many unhappy about the pricing and lack of core tools.
The use of cloud service for storage could become a lot more problematic for many firms, though, after a US judge handed down a landmark ruling on Friday, that said US firms must turn over data to the authorities, regardless of where it is stored.
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