What is the functional difference between OneDrive and File Server Azure (Storage Account)

Andre Prates 40 Reputation points
Good afternoon..

I have a 5TB file server at the company where I am responsible for IT
We have a company in São Paulo and another in Portugal.
The file server is local, where employees from Portugal access via OpenVPN, but we have a big problem with latency in accesses.
I would like to put these files in the CLOUD.
I'm testing Ondrive with all its security features and it works fine.
I would like to know the functional difference between Ondrive and FILe Server AD.
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  1. Luke Murray 10,276 Reputation points MVP

    Hi, Andre

    With OneDrive, your files are stored in the cloud (Azure), but available to be accessed locally. This is more for user documents etc

    With fileservers, this is more for self-hosted shares that multiple people access and share to do their role. This can be accessed by multiple people.

    This is definitely an 'it depends'. Depending on your use-case and data, you could look at migrating your data from your local server into a Microsoft Teams site under Files - that users can access from any location.

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  1. Andre Prates 40 Reputation points
    Hello. lukemurraynz
    Got it.
    With Onedrive I can create the same hierarchy of access permissions and with the file server storage account I can do the same thing, as far as I understand the difference is that the File Server is synchronized with AD. But the working and security permissions both work fine.
    In ondrive I can't get several people to access it simultaneously?
    My question is regarding the potential difference between them.
    What do you suggest for a file server with 5TB that more than 200 people access simultaneously.

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