difference between onedrive for business and sharepoint

On MS OneDrive for Business it seems that you can collaborate documents the same as SharePoint.  What are the real differences between the two?

Can OneDrive be used to replace our Mapped Network Drives at work?  Your thoughts on this file storage.
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Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field AdministratorCommented:
With Office 365 E1 you have your OneDrive feature to share documents between your organization.....

I will say....depends on your real needs!!

If your infrastructure is all about collaboration, mobility, reviewing, editing, publishing documents.....One Drive can be your shortlisted candidate! Because One Drive is "user-oriented".....

But if we are talking about "real permissions" or "traditional" office based shares (In Windows desktop mostly) probably Azure deployment is the best way to surf the cloud in the right direction......

A Windows server file-share server could not be "replaced" by a collaboration tool such as One Drive.....You have to modify your habits!!

It's up to your management to drive into this new "approach".....

Bottom line.....

One Drive---->speed into collaboration, mobility, BYOD..........
VMs and File Share in Azure------>speed into cloud server consolidation (less hardware for you, less availability issues for your, but probably more cost.....)
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
The backend is the same, but ODfB is intended for personal storage. The user has full control there, and currently the admin controls are still very limited.

You can map it as network drive, but you need to periodically refresh the token from SPO, otherwise the drive will get disconnected. There are also some other limitations that make it unreliable, if the intention is to use it as a replacement for file share. If you are planning to do it anyway, refer to this article and the comments below: http://blogs.technet.com/b/akieft/archive/2013/09/06/migrating-file-shares-to-skydrive-pro.aspx#pi47623=3
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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

http://redmondmag.com/Articles/2013/07/01/Windows-Azure-Active-Directory.aspx

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/active-directory/

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

http://redmondmag.com/articles/2013/06/01/deploy-vms-in-azure.aspx

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

http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2014/09/23/step-by-step-create-a-file-share-in-azure.aspx

http://azure.microsoft.com/it-it/documentation/articles/storage-dotnet-how-to-use-files/

Is that suitable for your needs?

Let me know.....
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al4629740Author Commented:
Microsoft Azure is interesting.  How hard is it to setup a virtual machine and get the file storage?
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Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field AdministratorCommented:
Not really absolutely!!

Create a shared drive using Azure Files
http://www.gregpakes.co.uk/post/create-a-shared-drive-using-azure-files

Step-by-Step: File Server Disaster Recovery in the Clouds with Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2
http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2014/02/20/step-by-step-file-server-disaster-recovery-in-the-clouds-with-windows-azure-and-windows-server-2012-r2.aspx

Let me know your thoughts....
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al4629740Author Commented:
I have Office 365 E1.  Can I find everything I need in there?
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al4629740Author Commented:
So windows Azure is basically a cloud based server that can replace my current on premise file server and replace my On premise AD controller
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Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field AdministratorCommented:
Azure "is" the Microsoft cloud platform that takes advantage of the fact that tons of companies owns a Microsoft infrastructure inside......

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/

With Azure you may basically consolidate in the cloud all your on-premise infrastructure.....from a DC, a File Server, your Backup, your storage, your High Availability....and so on.....
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al4629740Author Commented:
Does Azure platform provide the Virtual DC, File Server?
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al4629740Author Commented:
Also how much does it typically cost?
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