Online storage and file-sharing service DropBox has announced a new service that allows work groups to share up to 1TB of files, while also allowing managers to add or remove users.
Dropbox for Teams is priced at $795 (about £495) annually for five users, with additional seats available for $125 (£78) each. The base plan includes 1TB (1,000 GB) of storage, and each additional seat comes with 200GB.
Like its free consumer cloud service , which offers 2GB of capacity to start, Dropbox for Teams stores files in an encrypted form on Amazon's S3 online storage service. The files also remain on users' Dropbox-synced computers for added backup.
Dropbox competes against many other free or low-cost online storage and sync providers, such as ADrive, Box.net, Mozy, SugarSync and YouSendIt. Many of those companies offer as much as 5GB of free online storage and then charge a fee for unlimited storage after that. Windows Live Skydrive offers 25GB of free storage, but bandwidth is severely limited.
Unlike its free consumer service, Dropbox for Teams comes with administrative controls that allow maangers to set up rules. The service also offers centralized billing and phone support.
When work groups make changes to files, they automatically synchronize across all devices that have Dropbox installed. The service is compatible with most computer and smartphone operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux , iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.
"People in over a million businesses around the world trust Dropbox for its simplicity and reliability," said Sujay Jaswa, vice president of business development and sales at Dropbox. "Now, Dropbox for Teams will give businesses the control and freedom to rethink how they work."