Please buy/look at 'Zee Drive' and incorporate it into ODFB
The product 'Zee Drive' by Thinkscape has some great ideas on how to achieve reliable use of ODFB for everyday desktop client users. It relies on a 'localhost server' and connect to 365 via standard public APIs, to fake a network drive which is centrally configured to 'mount' folders, which can actually be ODFB/SP libraries or network shares. It allows a network administrator to deploy different mounted folders to different user groups.
If this idea of a 'fake network drive' were incorporated with OFDB, it would have numerous advantages. For one, the OFDB client could rely on a document database technology to keep its local cache, and forget trying to manage actual files on disk. It could start to use standard public use APIs rather than proprietary technologies, and it could even incorporate APIs for things like DropBox/GDrive/Box.net/Alfresco/whatever; allowing the sync client to become a true "One Drive".
In my view, there is no point in trying to recreate Zee Drive, and OneDrive needs people like the MVP behind Zee Drive on its team. I therefore would like to suggest you seriously investigate the insight behind the creation of this tool, and investigate the possibility of incorporating this sort of capability into the ODFB product by "embracing and extending" it :)
We've already created OneDrive H-Drive Mapping using a GPO for Localhost (127.0.0.1) and it works flawlessly, so it's something any organization can do without incorporating ZeeDrive into OneDrive.
Cuyware Inc commented
Yeah everything except the cost. For a company with just 60 users it amounts to $4000 a year just to use sharepoint in a resonable fashion. No thanks
Yes! Love this idea. Practically a requirement in order to make SP usable in a lot of these small business use cases.
Richard Stevens commented
^ This. Zeedrive completes 365. This is the bit that almost makes it a proper SBS replacement.