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Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by zigojacko, Aug 18, 2021.
Hello, for around 5TB if you were going to use a service like dropbox, google drive and Microsoft One Drive, you would either need to sync it or connect and download files on demand. Depending on the size of the files you may find this delays you whilst you're waiting for them to download. I would tend to suggest a hybrid cloud in that instance where you need the data on demand. But also know that you have a backup in the Cloud. May I ask what kind of files these are? Always up for a chat if you want.
Azure Files sounds like the most direct fit for this. It's essentially a fully managed remote SMB share service. 5TB data is going to run you about £100/m for 'Hot' tier locally-redundant UK storage. Plus transaction-related costs.
Depending on file sizes, you may find that SharePoint Online libraries mapped to client devices using Microsoft Intune / Endpoint Manager is a good fit (and cheap as chips).
Also makes things easier from a backup standpoint (because Microsoft 365 backup vendors x a trillion).
You've mentioned that you don't want to locally-sync files, but then you're just accessing them over the cloud which opens you up to literally everything (SharePoint, Dropbox, Acronis etc).
You could be clever and spin off - for example - a major current client project - or shared resources - in to their own sharepoint library and just sync those ones offline to users while needed. Everything else can be accessed on-demand. That will give you the best of both worlds in terms of sync vs local performance.
The only credible way I can think of to get on-premises file access performance but with 'full cloud' and equal remote user access is going to be using a public/private cloud scenario where users use remote desktops in the cloud, and file storage is local to those remote desktops.
Still need backups in all scenarios, though.