Microsoft is among the leading cloud storage players, said Howard, Mohan and Tonthat. Gartner also lists it as a leader.
“We have seen a rapid rise in enterprise cloud sharing especially with heavy adoption of Microsoft Office 365,” Tonthat said. “For a cutting-edge cloud storage provider, this kind of functionality is table stakes. With workplace transformation and an increasingly mobile workforce, cloud-based sync and share is essential. With sharing, however, one also runs the risk of running into violations of compliance, often not maliciously but through lack of governance, and so hybrid cloud storage for these services – whereby gateways or tools can determine placement of files – will become increasingly important, allowing governance to be omnipresent but masked from the user.”
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