We will be ditching our on-premise Exchange server in favor of Office 365.
For a 15 person office sharing a Comcast 30 meg down / 5 meg up internet connection, is it feasible/advisable to use office 365 in lieu of a local file server?
I'm concerned about needing to "download" a file each time it's accessed. I guess this is mitigated if we get everyone using Office Cloud Apps but there's a certain simplicity of double clicking an .xlsx on a mapped drive on local file server. and having it open in a local copy of Excel 2016.
Of course if we don't have a local file server, we don't have to worry about backing it up - that's a big plus. We've been lucky but I can close my eyes and imagine a file server failure and an inability to restore from backups.
Are sharepoint libraries the replacement for departmental groups previously stored on a local file server?
Our 1 local server contained active directory (in additional to exchange and files). If we get rid of it, would we just have each person log into a local account on his/her own pc instead of active directory? Then they would authenticate via a web browser to log into their cloud account?
I guess we could let the router dispense DHCP and define static IP's for the printers, and have each person add the printer by IP.
I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around having no server in the office. Do people really do that?
Thanks for any thoughts,