Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:41

Dropbox introduces family plan


Dropbox Family provides up to six people with 2TB of pooled storage to use individually or collectively.

Dropbox is one of the most widely used file synchronisation and cloud storage services.

One problem with using it within a family is that shared files count against the storage quota of each participating account. So it wasn't practical for one person in a family to use a paid account and be the custodian of (say) the shared photo album, with everyone else using free accounts. Buying paid accounts for everyone in the family quickly becomes expensive.

So the company has introduced Dropbox Family to allow up to six people to use a single plan.

2TB of storage is shared between all participants. Each person can store their own files privately, but there's also the Family Room folder for shared files.

The plan includes the Dropbox Passwords password manager for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android (so there's no excuse for using weak passwords), and Dropbox Vault for storing individual's sensitive files (with the option of granting emergency access to one other family member).

Dropbox's usual computer backup and mobile photos backup features are also included, along with the recently introduced ability to transfer photos and videos from Facebook.

The price – $31.89 per month, but $26.94 if paid annually – is less than twice that of a Dropbox Plus account that provides one user with 2TB of storage ($18.69 a month, but $15.39 if paid annually) and includes Passwords and Vault.

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Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

The foundation of optical networking infrastructure includes coherent optical transceivers and digital signal processing (DSP), mux/demux, ROADM, and optical amplifiers, all of which must be able to support 400G capacity.

With today’s proprietary power-hungry and high cost transceivers and DSP, how is migration to 400G networks going to be a viable option?

PacketLight's next-generation standardised solutions may be the answer. Click below to read the full article.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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