09 Jun
2016

How Dropbox Is Changing Cloud Storage

Cloud storage may never be the same after Dropbox’s recent announcement of Project Infinite. Announced at the Dropbox Open conference in London, this innovation is aimed at business and enterprise customers. According to Forbes, Dropbox serves 29 percent of the top customers in the Global 2000 list. It will be available later this year and will work with Windows 7 or higher operating systems and Mac OS 10.9 and up.

 

How It’s Changing Cloud Storage

The big changes with Project Infinite have to do with storage and access. In the current system, users have to sync or download files for offline use in order to access them. Business users often face lag time when downloading files from corporate servers, and if their hard drive space is limited, so is the number of files they can access offline. Project Infinite aims to change this by providing access to all files, whether they happen to be stored online or offline. File access will be on-demand and instant.

 

How Businesses Benefit

There are several business advantages to this type of cloud storage.

  1. Companies won’t need to invest as much money in on-site servers. Instead, they can store their files securely in the cloud and give individual users access to the files they need.
  2. The service is cross-platform, so it eliminates the issue of limited file access because of software incompatibility. It is also backwards-compatible, so there aren’t any file access issues caused by operating system differences.
  3. Users will be able to see all available files on their desktop. They will know at a glance which files are stored locally (indicated with a green check mark) and which are in the cloud (shown with a cloud icon).
  4. They will be able to work with files and folders just like they would on their own desktop, including downloading them for offline use, such as for meetings or presentations.
  5. File and folder access permissions will stop people from moving items that need to stay put, avoiding what Dropbox calls the “untrained intern problem.”

 

Why There Are Some Concerns

One concern some people have about Project Infinite is that it will require deeper access than the current app to users’ computer operating systems. However, Dropbox claims it has paid attention to security and stability in creating this useful feature for business users.

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