Microsoft tweaks SharePoint Online to free up site storage

The company also increased the maximum amount of SharePoint site collections in Office 365 to 500,000 from 10,000

Microsoft has tweaked the controls in SharePoint Online to let administrators make better use of storage resources allocated to SharePoint websites.

The changes seek to make processes more automated, and to add some flexibility in how storage for SharePoint Online is managed within the Office 365 suite.

Until now, SharePoint site collections, which are groups of related SharePoint websites, had to be assigned a set amount of storage, and that storage space couldn't be used for anything else even if some of it went unused.

That will no longer be the case, according to Mark Kashman, a senior product manager of the SharePoint marketing team. If an administrator has allocated 100GB for a site collection and only 20GB is used, the remaining 80GB is available for other purposes.

"[Site collections] no longer tie up blocks of reserved storage. Instead, only the actual storage used counts against total pooled storage," he wrote in a blog post Monday.

Another change is the ability to toggle between manual and automatic storage management. The manual setting lets administrators apply storage limits to site collections, while the automatic setting increases storage requirements for site collections as needed, drawing on what's available from the pooled storage for the entire Office 365 domain.

Finally, Microsoft has raised the ceiling on the maximum number of site collections Office 365 customers can create in their domains, from 10,000 to 500,000.

The changes to SharePoint Online pooled site storage don't apply to the individual OneDrive for Business repositories of 1 TB that each Office 365 user gets.

Office 365 editions covered by these changes include Enterprise E1, E3 and E4; Education A2, A3 and A4; Government G1, G3 and G4; and Midsize Business. "The main caveats are that Office 365 Small Business comes with only one site collection and Office 365 Government plans currently have a 100GB per site collection storage limit," reads the blog post.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags applicationsMicrosoftsoftwarecollaboration

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?