Menu
Dropbox adds new features to woo enterprise users

Dropbox adds new features to woo enterprise users

A connector for Active Directory integration is now in beta

The new tiered admin roles in Dropbox for Business.

The new tiered admin roles in Dropbox for Business.

Dropbox wants to gain a stronger foothold in the enterprise, and on Thursday it rolled out several new Dropbox for Business features that sweeten the deal for corporate users.

New tiered admin roles are designed to help delegate day-to-day responsibilities, which could make life easier for IT administrators charged with managing large Dropbox deployment. Companies can now assign admins to one of three distinct roles, each with a different set of permissions.

An enterprise installer, meanwhile, lets admins automate the deployment of Dropbox for Business remotely to any Windows desktop machine.

Dropbox is also working to beef up security -- it was recently certified as compliant with ISO guidelines on how it guards personally identifiable information -- and now it's made it easier for admins to require two-step verification for account access as well.

Finally, a new connector now being released in limited beta offers Active Directory integration, and Dropbox is extending the Dropbox for Business API for further integrations as well. Adallom, CloudLock, Elastica, Mover, Netskope and SkySync are all among the partners that have begun building integrations with Dropbox for Business, the company said.

Dropbox is one of several Web companies that have entered large organizations through a "side door" of sorts by providing inexpensive services whose ease of access make them popular among individual employees and small work groups, said Charles King, principal analyst with Pund-IT.

Ultimately, though, Dropbox is trying to position itself in the enterprise as an alternative to Microsoft for cloud storage and file sharing, and it's not clear how well that will succeed.

"Younger organizations that purposely avoid traditional productivity tools and applications are a good target, especially since they are among Dropbox's main customers," King said. But he thinks that most organizations already committed to Office, Active Directory and Azure may be a lost cause and not such "greenfield" opportunities as the company hopes.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationsdocument managementdropboxsoftwarecollaborationSoftware as a servicecloud computinginternet

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments