OneDrive for Business, replacement for Windows Shares?

We have a business with a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines. We currently have people on the road and at the office who need access to the same files. We have a Windows Server with File Shares that both remote users (via VPN) and local users have access to. There is about 300GB worth of data in the shares.

We are interested in moving to remotely hosting our files and since we already have Office 365 we are looking into OneDrive for our cloud file solution. My understand is OneDrive is similar to DropBox.

Our questions are:

Will all the files sync to each machine, or would it work like a Windows Share where they are only stored on OneDrive?
Are there any speed restrictions? We are reading that many people are experiencing VERY long upload times.
What other issues should we be aware of.
Are we able to "Map" specific folders as drives so our users do not experience any change in the way they work?

Thank you, and we appreciate any advice or experiences you can give us.
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
ODfb is NOT intended to be used as file share, and while you can use it as such (with mapped drives, redirected folders, etc), you WILL have issues. There are limits on the number of files you can store in a single library, number of files you can sync, issues with file names, issues with keeping a mapped drive connected, etc.

By all means, put user's documents there, especially the ones they access across different devices or collaborate with others on. But for anything else, stick to the good old file shares.
TechGuy_007Author Commented:
The client is very eager to put ALL shares in the cloud. Any thoughts ?
Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field AdministratorCommented:
Why don't you use Microsoft Azure Platform for your purpose?

1. Connect your local Active Directory To Windows Azure

2. Deploy a basic Virtual Machines via Windows Azure as a Windows based machine for your new File Share Server

3. Use Azure File storage services and map it into your Azure VM

Is that suitable for your needs?

Let me know.....

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