Thursday, 28 July 2016 08:06

Dropbox beefs up business offering


Dropbox is looking to move out of the "shadow IT" category by providing improved features for enterprise customers.

The first round of these changes to Dropbox falls into two categories: providing an improved admin interface, and the new team folder.

The new admin console simplifies use and provides more detailed file event logs (showing, for example, file additions, edits and deletions) as well as centralised group creation and management.

A forthcoming feature will allow admins to limit the number of devices that can be synced, helping prevent unauthorised access.

Where Dropbox already supports individual folders to keep a user's files synchronised across devices and shared folders for groups, team folders are designed to keep an entire business synchronised and are intended to be under the control of IT.

Administrators can manage access at the team folder or sub-folder level, and control what content is automatically synced to devices. For example, it might be desirable to ensure that documentation about HR procedures is always synced to every employee, while staff can be given access their department's sub-folder without having to be manually invited, explained Dropbox head of solutions architecture Daniel Iverson.

Admins can also control file permissions to prevent sensitive documents being shared outside the organisation, according to Dropbox product manager Tanay Mehta.

These new features are about giving IT some control over Dropbox use, with the ability to ensure users have access to the files they need while being manageable at scale, said Iverson.

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