Tech 101: Dropbox for Teams explained in 60 seconds

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Tech 101: Dropbox for Teams explained in 60 seconds

What is the difference between Dropbox and Dropbox for teams? Here is a basic summary.

What is it? 
Dropbox provides online storage that makes it easy to synchronise files from one device to another. However, the service most people are familiar with is really designed for individuals.

Dropbox for Teams offers a pool of shared capacity that allows a small business or workgroup to easily share files and collaborate. 
 
Here's a video overview.
 
What does it replace? 
Many businesses set up a file server for storing documents that are shared between groups. You might also allocate specific storage for individuals and some shared storage for groups.
 
Dropbox for teams replaces that file server with an online storage system that users can easily access from their computers. 
 
Teams start with 1TB of storage that's shared between everyone. And all your data is encrypted both when stored and while synchronising so you can be assured that it won’t end up in the wrong hands.  
 
If files are accidentally deleted or overwritten, the Pack-Rat feature gives you access to all versions of your files in your Dropbox so you can undo any file change with just a few clicks. 
 
How much does it cost? 
Dropbox for Teams costs $795 per year for up to five users.
 
If you have more users, that costs another $125 per year per user which also adds another 200GB of storage. You can download a free 14-day trial. 
 
Our advice 
There's a lot to like about Dropbox for teams. Although it costs $795 per year, a decent file server with that much space will cost more than that. And then you have the issues of managing that server, power bills and support costs.
 
On the other hand, you will need a robust Internet connection in order to use the service effectively. That's less of a problem than it used to be, but worth considering.  
 
For a new or expanding business that doesn’t want to invest heavily in capital, Dropbox for Teams lets you buy the capacity you need today and easily expand as your business grows. 
 
If you're looking for a way to store documents and share them for a workgroup, we'd suggest that Dropbox for Teams is well worth a look. 
 
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