Microsoft Announces OneDrive Storage Bump & Azure DR Preview

Microsoft has kicked off this summer with an updated lineup of many of their most popular cloud offerings. Microsoft’s Cloud First, Mobile First policy is starting to gain transaction as the software giant continues to fire out new press releases each and every day in regards to their newest cloud technologies.

In efforts to bring OneDrive up to par with Google, OneDrive users now enjoy 15GBs of free cloud storage space. If you are an Office 365 client, your storage quota has been bumped up to 1TB. Highlighting the importance of this announcement, Omar Shahine from Microsoft mentions, “We want to provide a complete experience that brings in the power of Office and lets you do more with everything you put in your OneDrive — whether it’s sharing your favorite photos with the people you care about in one simple click or working together in real time on an important project.”

Azure Disaster Recovery Preview was released as Azure wants to make the process of recovering an entire site as simple as clicking a few buttons. Microsoft boasts an impressive list of large corporate entities that are trying out Azure DR preview such as United Airlines and Marquette University. Azure’s site recovery blog explains, “Site Recovery coordinates and manages the ongoing replication of data by integrating with existing technologies such as Hyper-V Replica, System Center, and SQL Server AlwaysOn.”

Rounding out the “Mobile First” portion of Microsoft’s press releases, Microsoft mentions that their newest mobile device will only cost consumers $99. The Nokia X2 will feature a 4.3 inch screen, Android OS, and a MicroSD slot. Since Microsoft has purchased Nokia’s mobile devices and services team, Microsoft looks to get more integrated into the Android project while simultaneously building up the Windows Mobile platform. When Android devices begin showing up with OneDrive and Office 365 icons for users to explore, Microsoft cloud platform cloud ultimately stand to benefit.