We've been using Dropbox business for a cloud server for our company. The biggest thing we use it for is when I develop a project...I'll get the design done, calcs, permit, architectural building drawings and all the other project information and when the project is ready to execute, stick the folder in drop box. That way you can send an invite to your guys, and then they can pull up any document on their phone in the project in a pinch. It also operates flawlessly between desktop and internet application and interface as a user.
The cost is $12.50/mth per person. I have my brother and myself as admins, so either one of us can develop a project and upload it, view it, modify it, etc. Then our guys can view it remotely for free after we invite them.
We just hired another kid to help with project development, so I was looking into cloud alternatives. Got him set up with a 365 account. Of course microsoft is always pushing this One Drive as part of the package. Ok...so I tihnk...this is microsoft OFFICE and the program is called ONE DRIVE when everyone in your small business is connected to one 365 account. This must actually be what we are looking for. Nope. Apparently works great for an individual cloud storage. Oh, you can actually share files at a time. But collaborate between users in a suite called Office? What was I actually thinking that this would make perfect sense.
After googling for about 2 hrs and trying to understand if I just wasn't getting it, as nothing is really clear about it, I actually called up mircrosoft tech and asked them if I was missing something. "Oh, this does exactly what you want! Way better than drop box" Ok, here is the most basic question. Show me how to set up a job folder that multiple people can access, modify, and then share if you desire. "Well, you have to create a web based project folder. Then you have to upload your documents. Well, there are limitations with document control when you give more than one person access to the same folder with admin permissions. Oh, and you can't really interface it with your desktop since it's a 'group folder now', it's all web based. Sharing? Oh, you can only do one document at at time." So, the program works exactly like I want with the desktop interface up until I want to actually use it as a collaborative server. "well, yes, that's where it's limited. When you actually want to use it as a server, rather than an individual cloud storage' Ok...thank you. Back to using Dropbox business.
What other alternatives are out there for small business server type options?