Dropbox and the University of Auckland have inked a four-year agreement to provide researchers at the university with access to Dropbox Business (Enterprise).
It will be the country's largest deployment of the technology to date, Dropbox said.
The country's highest ranking and largest research institution has 50 research units, centres and institutes and hosts five of New Zealand’s ten centres of research excellence.
Vice-chancellor professor Stuart McCutcheon said the university's researchers are at the leading edge of innovation across many disciplines.
"This level of research requires strong collaboration across different faculties, geographies and industries," he said. "Leveraging technology to power internal and external collaboration is critical to maintaining our international reputation for developing world-class research.”
Protecting the university’s intellectual property was also an important consideration.
The University wanted to make sure that all research data and discoveries were maintained and shared securely and with the right levels of access and visibility, to ensure it stayed in the right hands at all times.
In what could be seen as a win for shadow IT, Dropbox was already a proven collaboration tool within the university. The majority of researchers were already "organically" adopting the platform to store and share their work and to collaborate.
“Dropbox meets our security needs while also providing our researchers enhanced levels of governance and control over their data," McCutcheon said.
Dean Swan, Dropbox’s county manager for A/NZ said Dropbox is fast becoming the default collaboration platform in higher education.
More than 6,000 educational institutions worldwide use Dropbox, including the University of Sydney, Kansai University, the University of Cambridge.
"We have found that existing and organic adoption of Dropbox is very high in this sector due the platform’s native ability to power collaboration of any kind – internal or external, via any device and through any operating system," he said.
"It breaks through silos and the most complex webs of collaboration, while making it very simple and extremely secure for the end user.”
Dropbox allows institutions like the University of Auckland to integrate with industry tools including Office 365, Blackboard, Turnitin and Notability.
The university is understood to be a user of Google's G Suite desktop and collaboration tools.