Back on April 10, Dropbox for Business announced its impending implementation of Single Sign-on. An upgrade for business users that was promised to grant administrators greater visibility and control over how their organization uses the cloud storage service. Now the company implements the service, at long last.
Dropbox's Alex Allain announces that "as of today, SSO is officially available and ready to help you fit Dropbox into your existing systems, seamlessly".
What does this mean for customers? For business users it means quite a lot, especially for IT departments -- my former profession. There are two key components involved in this upgrade to Dropbox for Business.
First is Streamlined management. SSO helps admins securely manage access to all company applications in one centralized place. In addition, SSO will help admins to easily add and remove account access for team members.
Second is the promise of increased security. Any password policies that admins have established for the corporate network (change passwords every month, set password requirements to a certain length, and the like) will also be in effect for Dropbox through SSO. These are all common practices in many corporations.
Finally, Dropbox also promises that SSO will make life easier for users by limiting the number of passwords that a customer needs to remember. Users now only have to enter their login credentials once, which the cloud service promises will provide a more unified experience.
Dropbox for Business pricing begins at $795 per year for five users, with storage space described as "as much as you need". There is free trial period for potential customers who wish to test out the service.
The new Single Sign-on should be a big draw for corporate customers. IT departments love to set restrictions on user passwords -- number of characters, mix of letters and numbers, must be changed every six weeks (or similar span) and more. With an increasing number of these companies moving more to the cloud, this was a move Dropbox had to make in order to be competitive.
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