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I have a client that is a small business of 10 which has a unique requirement.  They have a legacy shared NAS file structure of approximately 1TB.  There are over 15000 files comprised of .pdf, Word, Publisher and Access documents and a lot of .jpeg photos.  They will generate about 1TB year of the same for the foreseeable future.  We need to get them into the cloud so that there is a unified email/office automation platform that is accessable from, home, office, continuity site, mobile devices etc.  The client needs full searchable access to the legacy and new files.  They are not IT savvy and really need desktop shortcuts mapped to a folder structure that all can share, add to, edit etc.  Drag and drop is a major requirement both into and out from the archives.  Their work is very photo and soon MPEG heavy so that the file sizes aer minimum 5MB and may be 100MB+.  They are Windows 7 based in the office and iPAD based in the field.  iPHONE's  and Samsung Galaxy are the PDA's.  Some in the firm prefer Microsoft Office, others prefer Google Apps.  I need your expert opinion on which approach would satisfy current and projected future needs and requirements.  Thanks
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You may consider going with https://www.dropbox.com/business because it allows for files to exist on a local network when necessary.  There's an app for nearly every device and operating system.
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Allen Falcon earned 1000 total points
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I would suggest Google Apps and AODocs File Server.  The combination gives you the control of a centrally managed file service with great desktop integration, particularly for MS Office.

Additionally, Google Apps is more portable across Android and iOS platforms and includes mobile device management so phones/tablets can be wiped if lost or stolen.

Here is a short video that shows how it works for the end user.

Here is a webcast with more info and details.
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Thank-you, I am giing to redo my question and repost.  I did not provide enough information to you all initially.
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