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Dropbox Enterprise vs Box: Dropbox's cloud storage pushes into the enterprise

Scott Carey | June 24, 2016
Can the easy to use file sharing platform take on its corporate rival Box, and win?

Dropbox launched a free Windows 10 app (compatible back to Windows 7) in January 2016. Similar to Box, users can access and work on files saved in Dropbox seamlessly within the Windows 10 app. Users can also utilise Windows Hello access controls instead of a password to unlock their Dropbox.

Both Box and Dropbox integrate with Google apps.

Box announced a new set of integrations with the popular Salesforce CRM platform due for summer 2016, following the initial partnership back in 2009 and Dropbox has integrated with Salesforce since October 2014. Employees are able to integrate either file sharing platform with Salesforce in order to seamlessly access files and connect these documents directly to records, users and groups within Salesforce.

At Box World Tour Europe 2016, in London, Box announced Box Zones, taking advantage of current partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM Cloud. Box Zones allows users to store content in numerous locations across the globe, namely, Germany, Ireland, Singapore and Japan. Box Zones join existing services such as Box KeySafe and Box Governance

Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie said: "Businesses today are more connected, collaborative and global thanks to the power of the cloud. Yet for many companies, local laws and regulations have forced them to make technology tradeoffs that limit their success and place a drag on employee productivity and collaboration. Box Zones will help power digital transformation for enterprise customers across Europe and Asia and accelerate our international presence."

What's more, in April 2016 Dropbox announced integration with Facebook messenger which will enable users to share Dropbox files directly from the messaging app. 

Dropbox Enterprise vs Box: Admin tools

Dropbox admin tools allow managers to view top-level usage stats, view individual member activity, authentication and sharing controls and newly added domain management.

For security, managers can unlink employees devices and even perform an online wipe if a device is lost. Admins can also enable single sign on, two-step verification, password resets and sharing options for all groups and individual members documents.

All team members activity on the platform is logged and can be viewed by admins, so your boss can check if you have opened and read that TPS report. Admins may even log-in as a user.

In terms of analytics, managers can drill down using the desktop version of Dropbox by pulling business reports. These download as a CSV file and include data like name, timestamp, IP address and even activity by external members, so that external link sharing can be monitored. These business reports can easily be integrated with an analytics platform like Splunk, so that mangers can get a visualisation of their data.


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