Google APPS vs Microsoft 365 Integrated Solution
Posted on 2014-09-21
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. This legacy 1TB needs to be moved to the cloud.
There are over 15000 files comprised of .pdf, Word, Publisher and Access documents and a lot of .jpeg photos.
They use Adobe cloud services for Acrobat Professional, and Photoshop with multiple licenses.
Microsoft Office 365 provides the cloud based Office platform including Word, Excel, Publisher and a limited use of MS Access Database.
Outlook is the email front end to a branded .com email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The firm will generate about 1TB year of the same mix of office files, .jpegs and .pdf's for the foreseeable future.
We need to get them into the cloud so that there is a unified email/office automation platform that is accessible from, home, office, continuity site, mobile devices etc.
The current solution in use is the MS 365 with a sharepoint team site. This is NOT working well, is too complex to set up, maintain and use.
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 are 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.
IDEAL SOLUTION ATTRIBUTES:
Easily migrate 1TB legacy from NAS and form current MS Sharepoint site
Support 1TB/year addtional data
Drag-and-prop from desktop to cloud and back, and between any folder as needed and to/from email
Full search in all files/folders as needed
MS WIN7/9 GUI
Cloud based MS Office Word, Excel, Publisher, Access
Integration of Adobe Cloud Services
Traditional windows folder/file structure with ability to set R/W privileges by folder and file
I need your expert opinion on which approach would satisfy current and projected future needs and requirements. Thanks