Dropbox announced today that Dropbox Pro will now inlcude 1 TB of storage and enhanced sharing controls. This makes Dropbox much more competitive with Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. Existing users will see the increased storage and new sharing controls in the next few days. Dropbox Pro will continue to cost $9.99 per month. See my post on Mobile4Law.com for more information.
On July 10th, Amazon introduced a new enterprise cloud storage device called Amazon Zocalo. The service is currently in limited invitation, and requires an Amazon Web Services account to request an invite, but should quickly roll out to a wide release. Each user will get 200gb of storage for $5.00 per month. Clients will be available for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, and desktop computers. Data will be transmitted and stored using client-side encryption.
The storage wars are definitely heating up. In addition to being able to store any file type using this service, users will be able to view and annotate Microsoft Office documents and PDFs. Zocalo can be integrated with Active directory so that users can use the same account on their local server and Amazon and full file auditing is available. The account administrator can limit sharing and editing between users.
It will be interesting to see how this compares to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft One Drive for legal users. My main concern for attorneys is that the encryption key is held by Amazon, but it is nice that for compliance purposes that you can decide what region your cloud files are stored in. As this becomes more widely available, I hope to review it for use on the iPad and iPhone. Visit amazon to request your invite and subscribe.
Microsoft announced a massive increase to OneDrive storage today for both paid and free accounts. Under the new plan, 15 GB of storage is available for free to all users of OneDrive (this is up from the 7 GB previously offered), and if you are a subscriber to Office 365, that number goes up to 1 TB. If you are not an Office 365 subscriber, you also have the option of purchasing 100 GB of storage for $1.99 per month, or 200 GB for $3.99 per month.
This news comes less than a month after Apple announced their upcoming iCloud Drive service that offered substantially lower rates than those currently being offered by competitors. For comparison sake, Apple announced that iCloud Drive would offer 5 GB of free storage, with 20GB to be $0.99 per month, 200 GB to be $3.99 per month, and 1 TB to be determined.
The biggest loser in these price decreases is Dropbox. Currently Dropbox offers 2 GB of storage for free, with 100 GB for $9.99 per month, and 200 GB for $19.99 per month. It will be interesting to see how long before Dropbox has to drop their prices to be competitive. Google Drive also offers 15GB of free storage and 100 GB for $1.99 per month and 1 TB for $9.99 per month.
If you were looking for a good reason to purchase Office 365, and the releases of Microsoft Office for the iPad were not enough for you, OneDrive storage definitely makes the subscription the most economical way I have found to obtain cloud storage, with the added bonus of Microsoft Office on your iPad and Desktop. It is also important to remember that you can still purchase a one year subscription to Office 365 from Amazon at $72.00.