Having worked in the IT Education market for a number of years, there is something poetic in having a constant desire to learn more about how Microsoft supports Education. I have a fondness for seeing what Microsoft have in store to keep teaching and learning up to speed and productive. I recently touched upon it in a previous article on Surface Go and once again I find myself commenting on another Educational update. Microsoft have announced storage changes to both SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. BIG storage changes. 20 Petabytes of SharePoint storage and 3 Terabytes of OneDrive for Business storage for those at the back not paying attention… As part of the update, you can increase OneDrive for Business storage up to 3TB per user. And if that doesn’t give you enough room in the stationary cupboard, you have the option of logging a call with Microsoft to get even more (Please be advised this is likely to incur some cost, so don’t splash the remaining budget on Rhino horn coat hooks just yet…)
For SharePoint users, you now have the option of 20 PETABYTES of storage available. To keep all things educational, if you were to put this into context, bear in mind that the experiments in the Large Hadron Collider produce about 15 petabytes of data PER YEAR. So Educational Storage options wins this battle of “my Dad is bigger than your Dad” (Unless your Dad was the one that built the Hadron Collider, then that deserves some credit at least). As this is an Education license holder update, this will no doubt be a very interesting piece of news for anyone working behind the scenes at school, college or University, keen to expand their storage capabilities. Both SharePoint and OneDrive for Business have long played an important part in the collaborative DNA of Office 365 and how Education users can take learning far beyond the four walls of the classroom. In addition to this, IT administrators can utilize both SharePoint and OneDrive to maintain structure and organization within their IT environment.