Resolve to Improve Storage: A Look at StoreSimple, Skydrive & Skydrive Pro

If your New Year’s resolution is to tackle your organization’s storage solution, here’s a quick overview of three great options:

StoreSimple / Last year Microsoft acquired StorSimple, a provider of cloud-integrated storage for Windows and VMware environments. StorSimple automates time-consuming storage processes and transparently uploads data to Windows Azure Storage services. [click for more] If disaster strikes a data center, StorSimple devices have the intelligence to perform deterministic recoveries that eliminate unnecessary data downloads that waste time.

SkyDrive is Microsoft’s syncing solution and offers an immediate 7GB of free storage upon signing up. SkyDrive shines at syncing documents created using OneNote and other Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. [click for more] Similar to iCloud, but for Microsoft products, SkyDrive also allows you to edit documents in groups. You can also edit and create documents for free within your browser, share public links, view-only private links, and view/edit private links.

SkyDrive Pro is different from SkyDrive, which is intended for personal storage separate from your workplace. An integral part of Office 365 or SharePoint Server 2013, SkyDrive Pro is a personal library intended for storing and organizing your work documents. [click for more] Office 365 users get 25 GB of space in the cloud for SkyDrive Pro and related site content. All files that stored in SkyDrive Pro are private initially –unless you decide to share them. SkyDrive Pro allows file sharing within your organization and outside your organization when signed into Office 365. SkyDrive Pro also allows you to synchronize files and folders in SkyDrive Pro and other SharePoint libraries with a computer or mobile devices.