Dell, Dropbox Shake Hands on New Cloud Storage Agreement
Dell will offer Dropbox for Business to its customers as a service that helps employees access company information from wherever they are.Cloud storage provider Dropbox and all-purpose IT maker Dell revealed a new partnership deal Dec. 12 that could mean good news for IT managers, enterprise security officers and employees alike. Dell will offer Dropbox for Business to its customers as a service that helps employees access company information from wherever they are, yet enables IT to maintain control over corporate data. The announcement was made at Dell World in Austin, Texas. For most enterprises, a happy medium between keeping corporate data files within a firewall yet allowing employees to safely access them whenever they need to do so has been the No. 1 bring-your-own-device (BYOD) goal. Research has shown that workers by a large margin prefer "consumerization of IT"—the ability to use personal devices for work if needed and whenever possible—and that they work more effectively as a result.
Dropbox will come preinstalled on several key Dell laptops and Venue tablets to enable employees to access their work files at any time and from any location. Dell also will add Dropbox for Business integration into Dell Data Protection Cloud, which is part of the Dell Data Protection solutions portfolio for large enterprises.