Cloud storage options

cloud storage iconWFU faculty, staff, and students now have three primary options for storing and working with files in the cloud – Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox. There are some differences between the Services. IS has provided this handy table to summarize differences and similarities.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your ITG member.

FeaturesGoogle DriveDropboxMicrosoft OneDrive
Who can access itFaculty, Staff, StudentsFaculty, Staff, StudentsFaculty, Staff, Students
Storage quotaUnlimited100 GBUnlimited
File Size Limit5 TB50 GB10 GB
Mobile app platformAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS, Windows Mobile, Xbox One
Folder SyncingGoogle Backup and SyncSmart Sync with Dropbox Desktop ClientSync with OneDrive
Mount storage on your computerGoogle File StreamSelective Sync with Dropbox Desktop ClientMap as Network Drive (Windows Only)
Recovery of deleted filesYes, admins 25 days after users delete files.Yes, up to 120 days after deletion. Users retrieve deleted files themselves.Yes, 30 days.
Restore all files to a certain dateYesYesYes
VersioningYesYesYes
File and Link sharingYesYesYes
Password for file sharingNoYesYes
Expiration dates for file sharingYesYesYes
Request and collect filesRequest access to a known file in Google DriveRequest files to be uploaded from anyoneShare files with internal and external users
Document E-SignatureAvailable via 3rd Party Add-onAvailable via 3rd Party Add-on. HelloSign coming soon.Available via 3rd Party Add-on
Collaboration ToolsGoogle Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings
MS Office integration
Paper (Documents), Showcase, MS Office integration, Google Docs (coming soon)MS Office Online or Office 365 Word, Excel, Powerpoint
Disclaimer

Table was copied from IS help article on 8/28/2019 and is accurate at that time. Terms, features and capabilities are subject to change without notice. The above table will not automatically update. Always check the original document for the most up-to-date information.

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