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.
With this announcement, it would be difficult to see why both existing or potential users would consider alternative storage solutions. Microsoft have always offered a wealth of benefits to the Education market, which makes perfect sense given the importance of teaching/learning and the seemingly endless line of red tape that binds tightly around schools and other facilities of learning. This announcement lets users clear another hurdle when it comes to the choices afforded to them.
Not much has been given away in terms of why Microsoft have decided to add more goodies to the tuck shop but for those who have been wanting to increase the amount of space they can use within their infrastructure, who even needs reasons? No doubt, Microsoft will offer further information behind the decision to increase the storage availability and I will certainly sound the alarm in another article when that time comes.
So for now, keep an eye out for my next update and engage with me directly should you have any questions or comments on these changes. go.848.co/Joe