If you have a crowd of people collaborating with large files synchronized by Dropbox, you might be interested in this new offering from the online file synchronization service, called Dropbox for Teams.
It works the same way as the regular Dropbox service, where if you put files into a Dropbox folder on one computer, they immediately begin to synch up on all the other computers where you have the Dropbox application installed. It’s great for backing up files, collaborating, version control — and you can do some cool tricks with it, too.
The difference is, this $795-per-year Dropbox for Teams service gives five users shared use of a terabyte of storage. If you have more than five users, get the boss to chip in an additional $125 per year for each, and each one of those users gets 200 more gigabytes of space.
Even though it seems quite expensive at $795 a year, there’s an important distinction here. A conventional Dropbox account is free if you’re not going to use more than 2 GB, but if you’re sharing large files as much we do here at Mashable (such as HD video production clips), you’ll be needing a whole lot more than that.
The problem is, each person needs a Dropbox account that’s big enough to accommodate all the files you’ll be synchronizing among your team. So if I have, say, a “Pro 50″ Dropbox account that can accommodate 50 GB (that costs $99/year or $9.99 per month), that’s not going to do me much good to collaborate with my pals if all of them can only accommodate 2 GB.
Beyond that, Dropbox for Teams solves that problem of who pays for all of this by using centralized billing, making it easy to pass the bill over to the boss. And the IT suits can manage everything from one centralized dashboard, controlling who shares what with whom. They like it like that. Another nice kicker is the free unlimited version history, a feature that lets you bring files back from the dead — that one’s saved our bacon quite a few times.
What’s the downside? Well, if you’re worried about putting your business’s sensitive files in the cloud, Dropbox is probably not for you. And, last summer a Dropbox bug briefly exposed user accounts, making it so bad guys could have possibly broken into your private data without needing a password. Even though it affected less than 1% of users and only lasted 5 minutes, such breaches are disconcerting.
Keeping that in mind, if you collaborate with large files, this veritable cornfield of extra space might be a good investment.