The Silicon Review
When Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi launched Dropbox in 2008, they started moving forward with a mission to come up with a simple way which would help users bring and share their files easily from anywhere to everywhere. The mission went bigger and bigger as they kept reaching their goals step by step. Soon, Dropbox, a service which allows the users to bring all their data anywhere and share them easily, started becoming one of the most useful services for the business world.
In 2011, the company introduced a service built for teams, that soon became the foundation for Dropbox for Business, which was launched in 2013. The main focus of the service is to give visibility and control to the companies over their critical business data. Today ‘Dropbox for Business is streamlining collaboration every day for teams large and small’.
How the Dropbox works
With Dropbox, whether it is a computer or a phone, all the documents are available in it for the users. The highly user friendly service allows to add any type of file to the Dropbox folder. The best part of it being that the customers can start working in the office and finish it from their home as the required files are accessible always, when required.
The simple thing that Dropbox does is, it installs the software and creates a special folder on the user’s computer. Now, whatever the user adds to this Dropbox folder gets automatically saved to all the computers and to the Dropbox website.
‘You can also invite people to share any folder in your Dropbox. This makes Dropbox perfect for team projects or sharing with family or friends – it’s as if you are saving straight to their desktop. The Dropbox mobile apps let you take your life on the road. And because Dropbox keeps a one month history of your work, you can go back in time to fix mistakes or rescue deleted files’.
An overview of the different Services
Dropbox Platform: Developers have built over 300,000 apps on the Dropbox platform, with integrations including Facebook, Yahoo, Password, Autodesk, Adobe EchoSign, Notability, CareerBuilder, Vimeo, HP, DocuSign, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and Samsung. In December 2014, Dropbox released the Dropbox for Business API alongside more than 20 enterprise integrations to make Dropbox for Business a more powerful and secure solution for business collaboration’.
Dropbox Pro: Dropbox is the simple, powerful home for your photos, videos, docs and other files. Your stuff is safe and accessible no matter where you are.
Mailbox: In February 2013, Mailbox launched. It’s a simple, beautifully designed app to put email in its place. Users can quickly swipe to archive, delete or snooze messages for later, making it easy to stay focused on what’s important and reach inbox zero quickly. Dropbox acquired Mailbox in March of 2013, enabling the team to quickly scaleup.
Carousel: In April 2014, dropbox launched photo gallery product, Carousel. It’s a single place to view, organize, and share all your photos and videos on your phone and in your Dropbox. We made it simple to send hundreds of photos and videos at once through private conversations with friends or family.
The unique part of the Dropbox services is, if there is any risk to the user’s computer or other devices like if the user can’t access his or her computer, still he can restore all the files from the Dropbox website with a couple of clicks. Even if the phone fully stops working then also the documents there stays safe and secured in the Dropbox and can be restored in a snap.
Dropbox offers 2 GB free to start and you can earn up to 16 GB additional space for referring friends, or upgrade to a Pro account with up to 1 TB and 32 GB for referrals. Dropbox for Business offers as much space as your team needs, starting with 1 TB per person.
Dropbox has more than 400,000,000 users
People save 1.2 billion files to Dropbox every 24 hours
Dropbox is supported in 20 languages with users in over 200 countries
Dropbox is used in 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies
Over 300,000 apps have been built on the Dropbox Platform
Beside all of these, Dropbox stores the file data using 256-bit AES encryption and uses an SSL/TLS secure tunnel to transfer files between the user and the Dropbox folder.
“We work hard to protect your information from unauthorized access and have designed policies and controls to safeguard the collection, use, and disclosure of your information. You can securely access files and folders any time from our desktop, web, and mobile applications, or through third-party apps connected to your account”, sasy’s the Dropbox team
“We use Dropbox to assemble teams, funding, and resources at the drop of a hat. Everyone has access to and collaborates on the same information. This allows us to quickly secure funding from multiple sources and coordinate our grant writing efforts across the globe. Remote locations are no longer a factor, because files automatically sync whenever Wi-Fi is available. At headquarters, instead of taking the time and effort to share knowledge one-on-one, staff who are deployed can point to the knowledge base in Dropbox and quickly pass on their responsibilities to those remaining behind.” – Rahul Singh, Founder of David McAntony Gibson Foundation, GlobalMedic