Dropbox Takes on Pesky Device Limits, Brings Cloud Files to Desktop
While the cloud offers limitless storage, most devices from which employees access their cloud data, such as laptops or tablets, offer limited storage capacity.
Dropbox is hoping to solve this issue for its business users with the release of Project Infinite on Tuesday, which allows users to access all their Dropbox files from the desktop, regardless of how much space they have on their hard drives.
Dropbox made the announcement at Dropbox Open London, its invite-only event for its business customers to come together and learn more about Dropbox products and services, with the chance to ask experts questions, and interact with the Dropbox partner network.
Corporate file servers and newer, browser based solutions for cloud storage and collaboration are not suited to the way modern teams work, Dropbox said. With Project Infinite, users will be able to see everything in the company’s Dropbox that they have access to on their desktop. Files that are synced locally will show a green checkmark, while everything else will have a new cloud icon, Dropbox said. See the video at the bottom of this article to watch a demo of how Project Infinite works.
As the cloud wars continue to heat up, Dropbox will have to continually innovate in order to woo business users. Microsoft OneDrive for Business just released an update with new features, and Box recently announced a partnership with AWS and IBM to extend its reach and comply with local data storage laws, a critical feature for international business users.
Dropbox does have some help in the distribution department. Recently, Dropbox became available through the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, enabling partners in the US, Canada and the Netherlands to manage Dropbox through a single automated portal.