Dropbox woos enterprise customers

Cross-platform cloud storage provider releases subscription plan targeted at business users, promising administrative controls and "bank grade" encryption.

Dropbox is "open for business" with the launch of its enterprise-targeted cloud storage subscription plan, says the file-hosting service provider.

In a media statement Thursday, the company announced that its new Dropbox for Teams service is available at a subscription fee of US$795 a year for the first five users, and an additional US$125 a year for each additional user.

Dropbox said Teams offers enterprise subscribers 1,000GB of storage for the first five users, and another 200GB for each additional user. In comparison, users of its free service get 2GB of storage each while consumers who pay US$200 per year receive 100GB storage each.

Service support for Dropbox for Teams includes administrative controls, centralized billing and phone support, said the company. It added that the enterprise cloud storage service is compatible with most desktop and smartphone operating systen, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Apple's Mac and iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

Touting ease-of-use as its selling point, Dropbox said the service allows users to add and update files including documents, photos or videos to the Dropbox folder. The files are synced immediately across all devices which have Dropbox installed, it said.

The company last week announced it raised US$250 milion in funding which would be used to accelerate its overall growth, make acquisitions, pursue strategic partnerships and increase headcount.

According to a 2010 report, research firm Forrester Research said cloud storage adoption for businesses was slow.

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