If your business is already using Microsoft Office suite, then Microsoft OneDrive can provide business online backup services in real time as you are using the programs. You can purchase one of two plans for up to 5TB of cloud storage per user.
Unlike most online business backup solutions in our buying guide, OneDrive works only with Microsoft products. If you have other programs or information you need to back up, it's not the best choice. However, if you want a backup solution that includes sharing, editing-on-the cloud and hot syncing, OneDrive fits the bill for an economical price.
You can store files up to 10GB in size, and sync over all your devices, including PCs, Macs, tablets or smartphones. In addition, you can work on documents on the cloud or offline on your own computer. For those files on your computer, you can choose to back them up or not, saving your space for the really important data.
OneDrive's collaboration features allow you to share files with coworkers or collaborate on projects. The editing features are not as complete through OneDrive, but if needed, you can download the file, edit and upload to share.
There are multiple security features, particularly with the higher plan. Both plans provide a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee, 24/7 IT-level web and phone support. OneDrive for Business meets global and industry-specific compliance standards like ISO 27001, HIPAA, and more, making it a good choice for a multitude of industries. It uses TLS 1.2 encryption, which is a step above the SSL standard.
You can encrypt emails and set up a data loss protection policy (DLP) in the security and compliance center, which lets you monitor and protect sensitive information. DLP policies can designate where to protect content, conditions for rule enforcement (such as checking for social security numbers) and actions to take, such as blocking access to the document.
There's a learning center for users and online resources for IT admin and developers. The support section contains how-to articles with illustrations.
OneDrive is not a comprehensive online backup system, but for small businesses wanting a secure place to store standard Microsoft Office files (such as Excel sheets or Word documents), it provides storage, collaboration and syncing services compliant with multiple industry standards.
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