Dropbox Unveiled Dropbox Education For Colleges And Universities

Dropbox has unveiled a version of its cloud-based file sharing service, known as Dropbox Education, which has been designed especially for colleges and universities.
This new offering comes with 15GB of shared storage per user with the cost of $49 per user a year. The company has also offered volume-based discounts which have been based on an institution’s deployment size.
Dropbox Education provides compliance support so that institutions can make sure that they are abiding by standards and regulations such as Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It also allows IT managers to monitor as well as control activity. It also comes with extended version history, hence users can now easily recover any previous version of their work, which either has been deleted or edited within the past year.
Dropbox states,
“We’re proud that Dropbox is now deployed in over 4,000 educational institutions worldwide, including a few of our newest education customers: Chapman University, Teachers College of Columbia University, Carleton College, Edinboro University, and The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.”
Dropbox has gone on to say that it is expanding its partnerships with IT distributers Ingram Micro and Synnex as part of its effort in order to reach out to many more colleges and universities.
The company’s CIO Michael Carlin explains:
“Before we deployed Dropbox to faculty and staff, we already had thousands of Dropbox users with personal accounts. We were able to provide a secure environment with an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, while giving them a product they already know and love. Other cloud file storage solutions we considered tried to add too many features, making their user interfaces too busy and adding questionable value for the majority of users.”
Rob Smith, Director of Systems and Networks, explains,
“Our in-house sync test proved that Dropbox was the fastest at syncing files — faster than Box, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive, which weren’t even able to complete the file upload. The results made me realize we could justify paying for a solution that definitely works, versus going with a free or lower-cost solution. Additionally, the Office 365 and Dropbox integration has enabled us to save valuable time accessing and collaborating on Office files.”