Which is better—Box or Dropbox?


What are your experiences with these solutions? How do they compare to other solutions? Pros and Cons?

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Just an FYI...I found out this week that Microsoft with their OneDrive solution will be also encrypting files in storage and in transit, and if you have your email already in the cloud with Microsoft O365 you can get enormous amounts of data per user in each person's OneDrive...I probably can't say how much, but let's just say it's WAY more storage per user than you get with Box or Dropbox. I'd suggest looking into, especially if you are a Microsoft PC/office/mail shop.

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Having used both I am too in the camp of Box followers simply because it is more secure and there is a great storage space in the free option. Dropbox has gained a lot of fans from the younger market as it is quick and easy to use but it is also fairly limited in its toolsets and also in its storage space. Box has a feel of permenancy and strength about it and has been a real boon for me when preparing presentations for various gigs in a multitude of locations as it enabled all the artists to access runsheets, chord charts, music videos and technical data sheets, so that when we came together at the gig we were all playing, acting and presenting off the same songsheet! Literally!

I have used Dropbox for family business meetings and sharing of documents and ideas. It is also simple to set up and access which is a real boon when dealing with thechnophobes or computer luditites.
In the end it is horses for courses and if you are a thorough bred on a long race with plenty of jumps then I'd go for the horse called Box. if your on the beach for a donkey darby then dropbox will do what you need.

Appologies for the weird sense of humour.

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The biggest difference we saw when we looked at Box a few years ago was that Box encrypted stored files both in transit and at rest in storage. This is a deal breaker for most enterprises because most enterprise policies won't allow public storage (outside company data center) of employee or customer data without it being encrypted in order to protect that information. In addition to better security, box had much better administrator tools than dropbox at the time. More granular control, better tools for the security team to enforce policies, etc. As far as I know, this hasn't changed in the last few years. Box is the only player really putting forth the effort to offer a secure cloud storage platform that has the ease of use of consumer solutions, but secured for the enterprise. Microsoft doesn't have it. Dropbox doesn't have it. I'm not aware of anyone else focusing on this niche of the marketplace.

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If you’ve ever been frustrated by the desire to share your text files with a friend or business colleague, these two products will be a great boon. Both are free too. Both allow you to invite people to either view your files, or to share the editing. A great idea if you want to co-write a report for example. Both allow you to download the file, edit it, and then load it back up again. Or to edit offline on your PC using the synch option.

Box (formerly box.net) key features:

· Free storage – 10gb

· File size limit – 250mb (free version)

· Main users – business

· Good online help

· Works by you uploading files and folders, which you can then share. These can be synched with boxsynch – similar to Dropbox. Also free.

· Secure storage

· Not as intuitive to use (more like Google docs), due to endless security options

· Great for more robust business usage

· Looks very flash

· Has a business version

· Not so widely used (30m users)

· Access from most phones, ipads, PCs and Macs.

Dropbox key features

· Free storage – 2GB (introduce your friends and this goes up)

· File size limit – no limit

· Main users – everyone

· Little online help

· Works by synchronising to a folder on your PC

· Intuitive to use

· A doddle to set up

· Looks less flashy than Box, but improving

· Secure storage (it is now!)

· Great for simple file sharing

· Has a business version

· Very widely used (300m users)

· Access from most phones, ipads, Kindle, Linux, PCs and Macs.

If I were choosing now, I would almost certainly pick Box to work with, unless I wanted to share really large files (I don’t) or to run on Linux or a Kindle (don’t want to do this either).

If all you want is a simple tool to share a few files, then I’d choose Dropbox.

I’ve been using cloud based storage for many years now, but the earlier versions of Box, when it was Box.net, put me off, as they were flaky and cumbersome to use. Dropbox stole their thunder, made it really simple and hundreds of millions of users now use it. Both companies are working fast to capture users, especially business users. So watch this space, and watch Google docs too.

Thank you,

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