Newsletters
Business News for Technology Decision-Makers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Business Briefing Mobile Industry News Small Business Business Intelligence More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Data Storage
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Dropbox Claims 100 Million Users, But Integrated Rivals May Have Edge
Dropbox Claims 100 Million Users, But Integrated Rivals May Have Edge

By Adam Dickter
November 13, 2012 3:55PM

Bookmark and Share
In addition to Dropbox, top names in the cloud storage industry are Apple's iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft's SkyDrive, Amazon, Box, Mozy and SugarSync. Cloud storage of music, photos or documents allow users to access files on numerous devices, and avoid creating multiple versions of the same document. Dropbox says it has 100 million users.
 



Emerging reports suggest that Gen. David Petraeus, the ex-CIA director, may have used Dropbox or a similar cloud data storage system as one way to communicate with his mistress while avoiding an embarrassing e-mail trail.

In using cloud storage, he's far from alone: Cloud-minded consumers worldwide are expected to rise to a half-billion this year, up from fewer than 300 million last year, and the sector could grow to 1.3 billion customers by 2017, according to iSuppli Mobile and Wireless Communications Service.

And an early leader in the field is San Francisco-based Dropbox Inc., founded as a startup in 2007. Its founder and CEO, Drew Houston, boasted to The New York Times this week that subscriptions to Dropbox had quadrupled last year to the point that it now has 100 million users, or an astonishing 20 percent of the world's current subscriptions, if iSuppli's projection is correct.

Sky's the Limit

"Even 100 million is still at a single-dot percentage of the people we could reach," Houston said.

In addition to Dropbox, top names in the cloud storage industry are Apple's iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft's SkyDrive, Amazon, Box, Mozy and SugarSync. Cloud storage of music, photos or documents allow users to access files on numerous devices, and avoid creating multiple versions of the same document. They can also be a safe way to transfer documents -- or steamy love messages -- relatively risk-free (assuming the FBI isn't snooping around your computer.)

"Their biggest competition is likely SkyDrive, which comes with Windows 8 and is highly integrated into all of the current generation of Microsoft offerings," technology consultant Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group said of Dropbox.

"[SkyDrive] doesn't just start out as free, it makes all other on-line storage products redundant and it works against the Windows base," Enderle told us. "People will still likely pay for storage but the market opportunity for a fee-based solution becomes less and less viable as the free services become more capable and better integrated."

The trouble ahead for Dropbox, Enderle cautioned, is that it's a standalone service at a time when integration is on the rise.

Integration Is Key

"Whether it's SkyDrive for Microsoft, Google Drive for Google, or iDrive for Apple the market for a non-aligned product is quickly declining and Dropbox may find that its customers have moved to a solution from a platform owner as a result in a few short years," Enderle said.

Many services begin with a "freemium" service and charge for increasing amounts of storage for data hoarders who can't part with their James Bond movie collection or those class photos from the '80s and won't risk keeping them on a hard drive.

Dropbox is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile. Its free plan allows for two gigabytes of storage. A Pro subscription begins at $9.99 a month for 100 GB, $19.99 for 200 GB, or $49.99 for 500 GB. Those who pay for the year in advance get a discount.

Dropbox for Teams begins at $795 per year, with an additional $125 per user, or $995 per year and $199 for additional users for Pro 200 service.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Data Storage
1.   Cloud Firms Offer Azure Starter Kit
2.   Amazon Intros Zocalo Storage Service
3.   EMC Moves Toward Hybrid Cloud
4.   Oracle Boosts ZS3 Storage Server Line
5.   Fusion-IO Deal Speeds SanDisk Shift


advertisement
Amazon Intros Zocalo Storage Service
Online storage and sharing for business.
Average Rating:
EMC Moves Toward Hybrid Cloud
Buys TwinStrata; debuts VMAX3 storage.
Average Rating:
Cloud Firms Offer Azure Starter Kit
Carpathia, Equinix partner on launch.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence Security Solutions
Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments.
 
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China with Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Business
Home/Top News | Business Briefing | Mobile Industry News | Small Business | Business Intelligence | Innovation | E-Commerce | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.