Dropbox introduce ‘Dropbox for Business'

If you’ve ever been in a situation in work that any form of removable media is prohibited under policies and governance, you will have likely availed of a service like Dropbox or SkyDrive to access files or folders.

Even these services come with their caveats and are frowned upon in the business world, mainly due to security reasons. But Dropbox for Business addresses security concerns, and more, with features in place that will allay the fears of the corporate security teams who have been asked about the product.

Features such as AES-256 encryption, SSL connectivity and two-factor authentication all help to provide a safe, cloud based, sharing environment for the business.

By their own admission, Dropbox didn’t feel the Dropbox for Teams name matched their ambitions for the product, so a rename to Dropbox for Business and with soon-to-be-added features such as Single Sign-On and the San Francisco based company are ready for the Enterprise world in a much more formal capacity.

With SkyDrive and Google Drive as competitors in the home, Dropbox will have to compete with major Enterprise players and solutions like ShareFile from Citrix. But for a small startup by two MIT students, growing a product to over a 100 million strong user base is no mean feat. And as long as the security and functionality is in place to allow businesses to share data safely and securely, there is no reason why Dropbox’s momentum can’t carry on into the business world in an official capacity.

Source: Dropbox Blog | Image courtesy of ZDNet

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18 Comments

scorp508 said,
Don't forget about SkyDrive Pro as another corporate aimed solution.

Since Skydrive scans for porn then no, it is not a corporate solution.

Brony said,
Since Skydrive scans for porn then no, it is not a corporate solution.

Because having a good porn collection is the key to running a successful business, yea?

Max Norris said,

Because having a good porn collection is the key to running a successful business, yea?

No but sh*t happens. For example, a colleague mine shared, by mistake, some personal photo (not porn in this case) in the shared folder of a corporate projects. In this case, everybody laugh about it, it was pretty amusing. However, Skydrive is different, a simple mistake means that the entire account will be delete, no refund, no backup and no appeal.

Brony said,
However, Skydrive is different, a simple mistake means that the entire account will be delete, no refund, no backup and no appeal.

And again, this is SkyDrive's issue how exactly? You could always accidentally email your porn to your employer too, or send off some midget clown porn to a networked printer in the office. Oops, there goes your job and quite possibly a harassment lawsuit as well. Either way, it's the employee's fault, not Microsoft's... terms of use are defined crystal clear. Sounds like the employee in question should be paying a bit more attention to their job and less on the porn.

Brony said,

No but sh*t happens. For example, a colleague mine shared, by mistake, some personal photo (not porn in this case) in the shared folder of a corporate projects. In this case, everybody laugh about it, it was pretty amusing. However, Skydrive is different, a simple mistake means that the entire account will be delete, no refund, no backup and no appeal.

You snooze you lose.

What you're missing however is that businesses paying a premium for a business account would not have it wiped without notice put in place and phone call from MS customer support.

Brony said,

Since Skydrive scans for porn then no, it is not a corporate solution.

Wow. That is an asinine comment seeing how Skydrive Pro also has the ability to be hosted on premise.

The problem itself however is far from asinine when hosted on their equipment, and not on a local Sharepoint server.

Thats a big problem with this Google-fication of apps, no local option.

Dashel said,
The problem itself however is far from asinine when hosted on their equipment, and not on a local Sharepoint server.

Thats a big problem with this Google-fication of apps, no local option.

That was my point. The fact that MS allows on-premise saving makes it better for storing SharePoint docs/pics/vids rather than on the cloud. Especially if you are PCI-DSS governed like my company is. We would never pass the standard if we stored our stuff on the cloud.

I get that. I'm just saying on defense of the poster than ill confidence in privacy on the consumer side can translate into less trust, even if it isn't technically sound.

The only problem is most all of these services are allowed to mine and sell your data as they put in their EULA that they own the data.
This also makes it slightly easier for your users to steal data for future competitor use. Sure they could do it through a USB key but why make it easy for them?

I wonder if you can merge your personal account with a business account that you don't have to login/logout (and yes have your files deleted, and re-copied, specially for fokes that do the BYOH.

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