Dropbox launches its Education dedicated services at one third cost of business services

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Dropbox has launched a dedicated service for educational institutions in US. It is prices at $49 compared to its business services prices at $149 per year per user. Dropbox realizes that education is something which has tremendous potential and thus is exploring the market to gain more avenues of expansion. It also suggests that Dropbox education will help in increasing collaboration among institutions of higher learning.

Dropbox has headed back to school.

The cloud storage service on Tuesday introduced Dropbox Education, designed to “help faculty and staff at colleges and universities stay productive.” Priced at $49 per user per year, with volume-based discounts available, depending on your deployment size, the service offers 15GB of shared storage for each user. For a 300-person team, for instance, that adds up to 4.5TB of space.

One handy feature available to subscribers: the ability to recover old versions of files or deleted documents at any time within a year.

“As universities deploy Dropbox Education, they’ll benefit from features that have already made Dropbox essential for thousands of institutions,” the company said. “Professors can collect student coursework using file requests, researchers can share large data sets with internal and external collaborators, and administrators can easily distribute notes and memos to faculty with shared links and folders.”

The service also promises to give IT teams enhanced visibility and control, letting them manage users, monitor activity, and control sharing permissions from a central Admin Console.

Wondering about compliance? Dropbox says the service will help your organization comply with standards and regulations like the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

More than 4,000 educational institutions worldwide already use Dropbox, including new customers like Chapman University, Teachers College of Columbia University, Carleton College, Edinboro University, and The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, the company said.

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