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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?

Finally, admins can manage off-boarding to remotely suspend or delete an entire account. They can then move all of that employee's files onto a new team member or remotely wipe the account.

Box has a similarly robust set of admin tools across its products. Managers can download detailed audit reports, manage usage and permissions, even on mobile, and control corporate content.

In terms of compliance Dropbox has made sure that its enterprise product is in line with governance standards and regulations. This has traditionally been a strength of Box, but now both companies comply with the likes of HIPAA/HITECH, ISO 27001, ISO 27018, SOC 1 and 2, PCI DSS, US-EU & Swiss Safe Harbor, and are Cloud Security Alliance members.

Dropbox Enterprise vs Box: The numbers

Both business products are priced similarly, Box at £11 per user per month and Dropbox is £10 per user per month. Both enterprise products are priced on a bespoke basis.

Dropbox recently announced that it has over 150,000 paying business customers, 50,000 of which signed up in the past 10 months. Box on the other hand has 54,000 businesses, as of October 31.

The discrepancy in these numbers could come down to the size of the businesses signing up, with Box boasting 55 percent of the Fortune 500 as customers.

Box did claim to have 275,000 businesses signed up to the platform as recently as January 2015, before it went public and started reporting its numbers to Wall Street. 

As the products have aligned more closely the adoption can come down to the personal preference of the decision maker. This is the less visible side to the Dropbox enterprise strategy, as the company looks to become more flexible to the needs of big business. In the case of Faber & Faber it came down to who picked up the phone.

Case study - Jim Lindsay, Integration Specialist for Faber & Faber

Freelance systems technician Jim Lindsay was tasked by historic publishing house Faber & Faber to move the organisation into the cloud and start employees using online tools to collaborate on documents, no mean feat.

Lindsay approached Box a year ago to discuss rolling the product out for Faber & Faber's 140 or so employees, explaining: "Dropbox just weren't very forthcoming. Their approach wasn't very professional. They seemed more keen on my signature than meeting my needs as a project manager," says Lindsay.

Lindsay found that it wasn't the document collaboration or the interface that was the problem, but rather forcing employees to start saving in the cloud rather than on their hard drive. Once he explained "where their data was and that it is safe" uptake improved.


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