Dropbox Mixes Business with Pleasure in Data Access

Online storage and sharing service Dropbox is getting more serious about business. The company, which has been focused on the consumer market, announced updates Wednesday to its Dropbox for Business service.

The enhanced business-oriented service adds the ability to keep personal files separate from business ones, but have access to both from anywhere and from the same app. A personal Dropbox can now be connected to Dropbox for Business on all registered devices, showing up as two folders linked to either the business or personal account.

Each will be labeled as business or personal, and each will come with its own password, contacts, setting and files. Though linked, the separate folders will not have automatic synchronization. The company said on its Web site that this arrangement is "like having your house keys and your company's key-card on one keychain and with you at all times."

'Different Kind of Enterprise Software'

The update also enhances security for the online storage of files, including IT's ability to administer, monitor and remove what files are maintained by employees. With remote wipe, admins can now delete a Dropbox folder from a device if needed, and account transfer allows files from a de-authorized user to be moved into another's user's account.

Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and chief executive, told The New York Times that his company is trying to build "a different kind of enterprise software" that attempts to accomplish companies' conflicting goals -- "whether to lock down all the information or keep your employees happy." He added that it is essential companies feel they have control over the storage, whereabouts and use of their own materials, while individual users want control over their files.

Users can also browse the files in both the business and consumer areas from a single list. Additionally, there is some automatic routing of file...

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Dropbox Mixes Business with Pleasure in Data Access

Online storage and sharing service Dropbox is getting more serious about business. The company, which has been focused on the consumer market, announced updates Wednesday to its Dropbox for Business service.

The enhanced business-oriented service adds the ability to keep personal files separate from business ones, but have access to both from anywhere and from the same app. A personal Dropbox can now be connected to Dropbox for Business on all registered devices, showing up as two folders linked to either the business or personal account.

Each will be labeled as business or personal, and each will come with its own password, contacts, setting and files. Though linked, the separate folders will not have automatic synchronization. The company said on its Web site that this arrangement is "like having your house keys and your company's key-card on one keychain and with you at all times."

'Different Kind of Enterprise Software'

The update also enhances security for the online storage of files, including IT's ability to administer, monitor and remove what files are maintained by employees. With remote wipe, admins can now delete a Dropbox folder from a device if needed, and account transfer allows files from a de-authorized user to be moved into another's user's account.

Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and chief executive, told The New York Times that his company is trying to build "a different kind of enterprise software" that attempts to accomplish companies' conflicting goals -- "whether to lock down all the information or keep your employees happy." He added that it is essential companies feel they have control over the storage, whereabouts and use of their own materials, while individual users want control over their files.

Users can also browse the files in both the business and consumer areas from a single list. Additionally, there is some automatic routing of file...

Comments are closed.