Dropbox to mix work and pleasure with new business version

Dropbox to mix work and pleasure with new business version

Summary: The cloud storage giant is knocking down the walls between its personal and enterprise software versions, allowing a seamless experience between the two.

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Dropbox announced Wednesday a new version of its business-focused cloud storage service that will help bridge the divide between work and personal lives.

At an event at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California, chief executive Drew Houston said the division between the consumer version and the enterprise version was "ridiculous."

With the new version, launching early next year, Dropbox for Business will tag files and folders as either "personal" or with the name of the company. IT administrators will control the work side of things, such as whether or not certain files can be made available on mobile devices.

New features will improve the cloud-based work-life balance. Photos that are uploaded automatically from a smartphone or tablet will sync to the user's personal cloud. And business data can be remotely deleted and wiped from a device when an employee leaves the company.

Houston touted the four million business users already using Dropbox for Business, with 200 million users on the regular account.

Around 97 percent of the Fortune 500 companies are using the cloud storage service, he said.

Topics: Cloud, Storage

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  • About f'ing time!

    I love Dropbox and find it to be very useful. But there are times it just amazes me how behind they are in admin tools. If an employee leaves - you have to force change their password, use their company email acct to get the temp access, change the Dropbox password, download all the files, and then you can close the account. You cannot just move all their files over to a "old employee" account or folder, for example. They make admin way too hard.
    Cain69
  • About f'ing time!

    I love Dropbox and find it to be very useful. But there are times it just amazes me how behind they are in admin tools. If an employee leaves - you have to force change their password, use their company email acct to get the temp access, change the Dropbox password, download all the files, and then you can close the account. You cannot just move all their files over to a "old employee" account or folder, for example. They make admin way too hard.
    Cain69
  • The dropbox folks are missing the mainframe market

    Companies with mainframes could certainly make use of the dropbox and would, if they could accept FTP traffic that the mainframe environments could support.
    bharris0@...