Dropbox Business Vs Box – 2019 Comparison

Comparison: Dropbox Business Vs Box 

The right cloud based document management systems (DMS) can make all the difference in your organization’s productivity. The ability to share documents and other content remotely in real time is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for most businesses.

Dropbox for business and Box both offer file sharing platforms that are generally well received in the business community. There are subtle differences, however, that can improve a company’s productivity based on what that individual company needs.

The Comparison – Implementation

Dropbox.com for Business Vs Box.com - 2019 Comparison

Box has been laser focused on the enterprise since its inception, while Dropbox has been focusing its Enterprise edition on B2B clients since 2015. However, Dropbox has built on the success of Dropbox, offering many of the same features. Both platforms offer similar collaboration tools, unlimited file storage and secure file access across devices. Dropbox Enterprise added to this feature set with precise admin controls for IT, domain management tools, support for deployment, granular collaboration insights and a team of customer success managers for clients. The latest apps that Dropbox includes in its package now have the ability to be embedded natively within MacOS and Windows file systems.

Box recently upgraded with Box Feed, a feature that gives personalized real time updates, recommendations and comments about files that a user is working on. These updates are tailored to the individual relationships in an organization. Box also introduced a brand new set of workflow automation tools under the name Box Relay, most recently updated in May 2019. Box Skills also gives users machine learning capabilities, allowing users to structure content with intelligent transcribing, classifying and labeling. The Box Skills Kit allows users to build their own custom skills.

The Comparison – Security

Dropbox for Business provides restrictions on sharing along with advanced end to end encryption and group management features. Files in transit are protected between servers and apps, and only modified blocks of data are synced. Users also have the power to wipe data remotely if an account is somehow compromised. Along with encryption, Dropbox also gives users network configuration and application level controls along with secure data transfer distribution. 

Administrators can use the Dropbox dashboard to track their teams, including sharing, devices and login history. Members can be instantly dropped or added. The one glaring weakness here is the lack of a data retention policy. Dropbox allows you to restore previous versions of files for up to one month, with extensions available if you buy a subscription add on.

Box does pick up on this hole in the market, however. Along with its file encryption and enterprise mobility management features, it also has custom data retention rules. Users can set retention for a certain number of months, years or completely customize it to a specific number of days or an indefinite period of time. Admins in the Box platform can fully manage their sharing and access policies both inside and outside of their core organizations. Full visibility reduces the possibility of data loss, and files are managed centrally along with policy, files and provisioning.

Box also encrypts data that is not moving as well as data that is in transit. Clients have the option to manage their own encryption keys. This can save a company time and money during a problem assuming that the company has in house IT that is properly trained. There is also physical protection of the infrastructure through multiple data centers and backup systems that allow Box to offer redundancy and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

The Comparison – Collaboration

Dropbox offers multiple options for collaboration, most notably Dropbox Paper (document collaboration). Dropbox Paper makes information collection easy from different sources. This aids in the creation of assigning tasks, creating documents, simultaneous editing, chatting, searching and syncing files. The Wall Street Journal recently made note of  the fact that it used Dropbox for its entire field video solution, including sharing, previewing, editing, commenting and storing final cuts.

The Smart Sync feature in Paper gives individual users the ability to track and access their assigned tasks without the clutter of dealing with the entire project. This feature is available online and through iOS and Android devices.

Box counters with Box Notes, a real time tool for collaboration that is built directly into the Box core system. Notes streamlines the experience for teams on the web to view, create and edit documents simultaneously within one window. Notes also allows users to make notes, track updates, share ideas and plan projects.

Users can also create private notes within their individual Box folders to share later. As they make the notes public, they can also limit access to other team members who are relevant to that note. 

The Comparison – Pricing

Because pricing is kept private, it is best to call both companies to negotiate a custom price.

The Bottom Line

Both of these solutions are good for collaboration, and they both offer flexible link sharing, external sharing and invite only sharing options. They both have good integration with major operating systems and built in file versioning and recovery features. Which is best for you? It may be time to take advantage of the free trials to dig into the details !

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Dropbox Business?

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Dropbox Business?

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Dropbox Business?1st Consider: What are the file retention policies in Dropbox Business?  Click Here to view.
2nd to understand is that Dropbox Business is an increasingly popular way for companies to share files among colleagues, employees, and management. In fact, as of 2019, more than
400,000 teams were using Dropbox Business for their collaborative projects. However, with so many people accessing a file, an accidental or mistaken deletion can happen. This blog post guide will show you: how to restore deleted files using Dropbox Business, or CloudAlly.

What this article is about: 

Deleting Files and Folders in Dropbox Business

It isn’t difficult to accidentally delete an important file from Dropbox Business. Someone might move a shared file to their desktop Recycle Bin, not realizing that they would be deleting this file in Dropbox as well. Or, they may think the team has finished with a file that they end up needing again later.

In deleting a file or folder, users have two options. They can either delete from dropbox.com by clicking on an ellipsis (…) next to a file or folder and then choosing Delete. Or, on a desktop or laptop, they can drag and drop an unnecessary folder into the Recycle Bin or Trash.

Files deleted this way can be easily recovered through Dropbox. However, permanent deletions cannot be recovered using Dropbox and instead need a third-party recovery to be restored.

Here’s how a file or folder can be permanently deleted: 

  1. Delete a file or folder using either method described above
  2. Navigate to Deleted files on the Dropbox Business platform
  3. Click on the checkboxes next to the files intended to be permanently deleted
  4. Click Permanently delete twice

Note: if you want to stop users from permanently deleting files or folders, you can restrict this feature on your team’s accounts using Dropbox’s admin features.

Using the Dropbox Recycle Bin to Recover Deleted Files 

Dropbox has a built-in feature to account for accidentally- or maliciously-deleted files. However, you only have 120 days to restore the file from Dropbox before it is permanently deleted. Here’s how to restore files that have been deleted (but not permanently deleted):

  1. From your Dropbox account, navigate to Files on the left-hand side of the page
  2. Click on Deleted Files
  3. Search for the mistakenly deleted file name that you want to recover. You can also select multiple files or folders by using the checkbox
  4. Click Restore

Note: if a file has been permanently deleted or has been in the Recycle Bin for longer than four months, you cannot restore it using this method. Files that have been stored in the Recycle Bin for longer than this length of time will be permanently deleted.

Using CloudAlly to Restore Permanently Deleted Files 

If a file undergoes a permanent deletion, you can no longer use Dropbox Business to recover it. Instead, you need CloudAlly’s third-party Dropbox Business backup solution to retrieve this mistakenly- or maliciously-deleted materials.

Here’s how to start backing up your Dropbox Business files using CloudAlly: 

  1. Log into your CloudAlly account
  2. On the Add Backups page, click on Dropbox
  3. From there, click on the Authenticate in Dropbox button
  4. On the Dropbox Business website where you will be directed, enter your user credentials and verify the connection
  5. In your CloudAlly account, you will now see all of the Dropbox Business accounts under your control
  6. Decide if you want to automatically backup new users or manually select
  7. Choose how long you want to archive backups from your accounts
  8. You can either choose to activate all of your company’s users or pick them one by one if you don’t want to back up all of them
  9. Choose how often and at what time you want your data to be backed up

Restoring a permanently deleted Dropbox Business file 

  1. Log into your CloudAlly account
  2. Click on Restore & Download from the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Choose Dropbox Business from the list of Active Backup Accounts
  4. Select the user who wants the file restored
  5. From there, you can choose to locate a file by date or by name
  6. If you search by date, you can continue searching for a folder or by granular search
  7. Once you’ve found the item that you want to restore, click on it; CloudAlly will automatically create a .zip file
  8. Once the zip file is downloaded, you’ll receive an email letting you know when the restored file is ready to download
  9. You can also send the restored file to another user if necessary

Now that you’re familiar with the methods for restoring permanently deleted files in Dropbox, test out CloudAlly’s Dropbox Business Backup with a free trial.  Or you can learn more about how CloudAlly backs up Dropbox Business by watching our demo video.


The discrepancy in storage size reports: on Box.com and Dropbox.com

Many IT administrators, CIO’s, and business owners who backup file storage solutions such as Box.com, Dropbox.com
are bewildered by the difference in storage size reported by these applications, and the actual storage size which is backed up.  Very often we are asked:

” So, why is there a discrepancy between the amount of storage reported by Box.com or Dropbox.com , and the actual amount reported by CloudAlly ? “

The answer is that CloudAlly is a backup service, so we only take the latest changed version of a file, in backing up Box.com or Dropbox.com.

This means that there is only one automatic backup a day, not a backup for every version changed on Box / Dropbox.  Although Box and Dropbox support file versioning, CloudAlly’s cloud backup for business only takes the latest version each day…

The reason for not backing up every single version changed, is intended to prevent storage requirements increasingly sharply, and to maintain a reasonable backup cost structure, which businesses can budget for.

Therefore, as an IT manager / System Admin, you will often see a discrepancy between the amount of storage Box and Dropbox report, and the amount which CloudAlly reports.  This is very much depending on how many versions are kept, and how large the files are, the difference in storage size can be substantial.

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