Cloud storage solutions are rising in popularity. These days, there’s a wide array of choices on the market. Even as the number of offerings on the market has expanded, however, two solutions consistently rank among the most popular and, by many, the best cloud storage offerings: Box and Dropbox.

Pricing for Each

When evaluating each solution, it’s important to keep in mind how each solution has positioned themselves in the cloud storage market. Box has vied to make their product an enterprise solution from day one while Dropbox has focused more on making Cloud storage accessible to everyone. The difference in the market positioning is reflected in their pricing and storage offerings. Here’s a look at each.

On the other hand, since Dropbox is designed for the everyday user, you’ll find more consumer-oriented functionality such as easy multimedia file sharing and streaming. But that doesn’t mean that Dropbox isn’t a good fit for many small to medium-sized businesses. They offer easy document sharing and access and a simple user interface that we think leads to a slightly better user experience since the Dropbox UI doesn’t have to deal with all of the complexity that often accompanies enterprise application requirements.

Key Features

Beyond the differences in enterprise-class features, there are some important ways that Box and Dropbox differ from one another. I’ve provided a snapshot of our overall ratings of each feature below, but here are a few key takeaways on the differences:

  • Document sharing – Box provides more robust user access privileges that can be useful for companies that want to enforce a strict file taxonomy to manage their corporate documents and user permissions.
  • Collaboration – If your company needs robust features for document collaboration in addition to Cloud storage, Dropbox leaves something to be desired since you can’t create, edit or simultaneously collaborate on shared documents.
  • Multimedia file sharing – As I’ve already noted above, Box leaves something to be desired when it comes to photo and video sharing. If you find that you often need to share either, then Box might not be the right solution for you.

Security Features of Box and Dropbox

For many businesses, document security is a particularly important topic given that you’re working with confidential client information. On the security front, Box performed much better than Dropbox for a number of reasons.

One of the chief reasons that Box beat out Dropbox on security considerations is that their data centers are SSAE 16 Type II compliant, which certifies the security of their servers is the standard for data centers that manage sensitive information. Beyond that, Box also offers industry-specific security compliance such as HIPAA compliance. Here’s a breakdown of the security features of each solution.

As you can see, Box provides more security features baked into their product. However, many companies may find that they don’t need all of these security features and that they’re internal IT security can manage their needs just fine with Dropbox.

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