Generally, when you are moving to the Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online cloud, there are a lot of reasons to keep your local file system, for example:
- To quickly access files with non-cloud-based applications or legacy systems
- To work offline and with increased performance and without internet connectivity
- For integration into local business processes
- For compliance reasons (in many cases you simply have to own your files locally)
- As some kind of local backup (or to manage "cloud" backup with common backup software)
But you don't have to miss the benefits of the cloud, like web-based search, versioning, change notifications, workflows, mobile access etc. Best to set up a hybrid scenario in this case. You can centrally synchronize pre-selected parts of your local file system, and even file server Shares, network drives or NAS directories with a SharePoint Online, Office 365 or OneDrive for Business document library in the cloud.
Let's have a look how you can setup this step-by-step using the Layer2 Cloud Connector to overcome the limitations of the free Microsoft OneDrive for Business Client.