The file-hosting service Dropbox is launching a new deployment option specifically for colleges and universities. More than 4,000 institutions already use the company's cloud-based storage solutions for businesses, but the company saw an opportunity to launch a separate offering for educational institutions, said Jason Katcher, who leads Dropbox's education efforts. While Dropbox for Business customers pay $149 a year per user, Dropbox Education is priced at $49. Colleges can also earn discounts depending on the size of their student populations.
Katcher, previously the head of Google Apps for Education, said Dropbox sees itself playing a supporting role to the learning management systems and collaboration tools that colleges already use. "Schools don’t need more storage," Katcher said in an interview. "What they need are better ways to break the friction when it comes to collaboration across campus." He also stressed that Dropbox will work with colleges to help them comply with regulations such as Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and pledged that the company will store colleges' data in the U.S.
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