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Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
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jfeldman
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jfeldman,
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12/2/2012 | 9:32:36 PM
re: Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
I hear ya, yet, I have one foot in the business space and one in the IT space, and what I hear from the folks in the business management space is that Dropbox has become an essential tool. The challenge for those of us in IT is to offer those business folks something as good as Dropbox, INCLUDING ecosystem and/or bundled apps that work as well on mobile. I'm not saying that it's an easy problem -- but we're tending to dismiss the business folks... not a great idea. Don't tell me there's no money to solve the problem: IT pros are spending, every day, on adding storage to fault-tolerant, highly expensive name-brand SANs for ... 1990s shared drives. Ugh.
ANON1245867212860
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ANON1245867212860,
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12/2/2012 | 6:12:26 PM
re: Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
Dropbox on Android is not at all secure. Anyone can install Dropbox on a stolen device without a password and have access to all files. There is no separate login for Dropbox - it uses the user's email account.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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12/1/2012 | 2:08:05 PM
re: Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
I think CIOs are best served providing a Dropbox-like service in house. Are they seriously considering having a bunch of corporate documents sitting on some server somewhere? The cloud is entirely built on trust. While companies need to trust their partners there are some cases where paranoia is appropriate. File storage and syncing counts to that. How does a CIO make sure than not someone just walks up to the server and grabs a copy of the files? Sure, files can be encrypted, but when they are corrupted (not even deleted) business will be impacted. Anything that impacts core business functions should not have anything outsourced or on public clouds. Build your own Dropbox service and make it work very well. That way the chances of people going back to sneaker net are minimized. I wonder how CIOs secure that. Should be much higher on their list than buying a better cloud storage service.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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11/28/2012 | 5:32:28 PM
re: Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
The problem is that IT can't "ditch" Dropbox because it's not an IT service. Perhaps companies can provide a more secure alternative and encourage users to adopt it for high-value content, while letting users choose what they want for more day-to-day needs. It's not an elegant fix, but it might be the best a company can do. Maybe one day one of those ecosystem developers will come up with a set of security add-ons that can be ported to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

Drew Conry-Murray
Editor, Network Computing


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