Dropbox co-founder and CEO Drew Houston - is very modest person. He says: "We have been serving some business users for a while ... ". In fact, Dropbox already has 4 million business customers, including 97% of Fortune 500. But now Drew promises that Dropbox will make its service really business-ready. You can see the full list of business-features on the picture behind Drew. As you can see, they include remote wipe, new sharing control, new admin panel with logs. And the major innovation - is opportunity to merge personal and business accounts. You'll be able to see both as folders on the same screen in all versions of Dropbox, and work admins will be able to watch all your activity in the business folder. "I don’t want to have to carry two phones, and this is the same thing." - says Drew.Here's an example of what the new Dropbox will look like:
As you probably know, Dropbox already has been offering version for business during two years. But it's name Dropbox for Teams was not solid enough. Any large corporation wouldn't buy a product with such a name. Therefore, they decided to rename it to more serious title - Dropbox for Business. Along with the new name they added the most requested feature (by large companies) - support for Active Directory. This will allow employees to login to the service without having to enter a separate username / password, and administrators will be able to better control employee activities to ensure the security of business data. In addition to Active Directory support, Dropbox added integration with the most popular SSO (Single Sign On) services - OneLogin, Okta, Ping Identity. These services are something like SaaS-version of Active Directory. They allow employees to login to multiple online services and local applications with a single username / password.
Two years ago, Amazon launched its online storage service Amazon Cloud Drive. It immediately drew attention thanks to its considerable free limits (5 GB on drive and 2GB - max file size) and built-in media player. But it didn't cause any revolution because it worked only in a browser and didn't allow to share files and sync files between computers. Now Amazon has removed these drawbacks. Amazon Cloud Drive has added agents for Windows and Mac, file sync between computers, sharing files with other users. And the service still offers 5 GB (2 GB file size) for free, and for 20 GB you need to pay just $10 per year. So the question is: what will happen to Dropbox?
There was so much talk about that Email is dead. That it's an older technology that will be quickly replaced by social services. But people still use e-mail, and Google is not even closing GMail. And a couple of weeks ago a small iOS-app Mailbox appeared. It helps to quickly organize your inbox (not just in folders, but also in time). It's like a combination of email and organizer. Although Mailbox works only on top of GMail, since its launch millions of users lined up to get this app. And then Dropbox acquired it (for $100 million). The first thing that Dropbox is planning to do - integrate Mailbox with its cloud storage, so that when you attach file to a message it would be uploaded to Dropbox and a link inserted to the message. And in the near future, Dropbox, is probably going to launch this app for other mobile (and non-mobile) platforms and link it to more Email-service, or maybe launch the own e-mail service.
You've probably heard the term "Dropbox for Enterprise"? Most often this term refers not to the popular service Dropbox but rather to its competitors that are trying to create a similar service that meets enterprise security requirements. But Dropbox itself also wants play on the enterprise market. It provides Dropbox for Teams edition and is used by 2 million companies. However, in most cases, these are either small businesses (that have no admin) or companies in which admin is ignored. Because until now Dropbox for Teams didn't allow to take control of what happens inside the Dropbox for Teams. The new version of the service eliminates this problem.
Online file storage and sharing service Box continues to prepare for competition with Salesforce. At this time Box developers decided to significantly improve the security features. The main new thing - is two-factor authentication. If you enable it in your account, you'll receive SMS-message with security code every time you log in (just like it works in GMail). Box also added new features for business account administrators, allowing them to monitor the new files that are uploaded and shared, and receive alerts about any suspicious activity (for example, if a user starts download a lot of files at once). Another Box competitor, Dropbox has implemented the two-factor authentication back in August. And today, they added a new feature to the admin panel in business version Dropbox for Teams, that allows admin to see who on their team has turned on two-step verification, and email those who haven’t, directly from the control panel.
In this case by "Dropbox for Enterprise" we don't mean the business version of Dropbox. The fact is that the expression "Dropbox for Enterprise" has become a new meme. The largest enterprise software vendors want to release a product under the label "Dropbox for Enterprise". That's how they say: "We want to create something like Dropbox for Enterprise" (watch the video). Recall, Dropbox - is the super-popular file syncing and sharing service, which has already attracted 50 million users thanks to its simplicity and multi-platform support. It's business usage is limited due to the strict corporate security standards. But employees still tend to use it bypassing IT admins, and that is why the enterprise vendors are standing in the line to become the Enterprise Dropbox provider.
Recently we wrote about to leading file collaboration services - DropBox and Box.net. Now it's time to add to this short list one more tool - SugarSync. During the last few months this service added some very important features: good version control system, free 2Gb subscription plan, iPhone and Android apps and the suitable file sending feature. And yesterday they unveiled business accounts that enable to administrate up to 100 user accounts - the feature that is much expected from DropBox. Besides the ability to create/delete user accounts, administrator can set storage limits for each user (and receive alerts when user is near limit) and easily scale the whole company storage volume. And of course, all payments are centralized.