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Transcript of Dropbox
What is a Cloud service?
Cloud service or Cloud storage is a model of networked enterprise storage where data is stored not only in the user's computer, but in virtualized pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties.
Hosting companies operate large data centers, and people who require their data to be hosted buy or lease storage capacity from them. Physically, the data may be saved across multiple servers. The safety of the files depends upon the hosting websites.
Cloud storage services may be accessed through a web service application, a cloud storage gateway or through a Web-based user interface.
What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software.
Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder, with the same files in it. It is not important which computer is used. Files placed in this folder also are accessible through a website and mobile phone applications.
Founder Drew Houston got the idea of Dropbox after repeatedly forgetting his USB flash drive while he was a student. He says that existing services at the time "suffered problems with Internet latency, large files, bugs, or just made me think too much." He began making something for his personal use, but then realized that it could benefit others with the same problems.
So Houston founded Dropbox Inc. in June 2007. Dropbox officially launched at 2008's TechCrunch50, an annual technology conference.
In April 2012, Dropbox announced a new feature allowing users to automatically upload photographs or videos from camera, tablet, SD card, or smartphone. Users will be given up to 3 GB (initially 5 GB) extra space to accommodate the photographs and videos uploaded. It is seemed as a move against Google's Google Drive and Microsoft's SkyDrive.
In September 2012, Facebook and Dropbox integrated to allow group users to share files on Facebook. This feature allows users to directly share inside Facebook's group pages without exiting the Facebook domain. This did not replace the built in Facebook uploading feature, but added to it for any files that were already uploaded to their Dropbox storage account.
Battles and Improvements
- October 2011 : 50 million registered users
-November 2012: 100 million registered users.
-February 2013: Dropbox was responsible for 0.29% of all worldwide internet bandwidth.
-March 2013: Dropbox acquired the email management application for iOS Mailbox.
Data space on Dropbox
Every new registered user is given a 2.5 GB cloud data space to put various files in it. This free space is used very quickly so Dropbox has created some more payable options with more data space and faster uploading and sharing.
Inside Dropbox's site and application
Very easy to use
Dropbox web site is very user friendly and offers "How to..." manuals, helpful tours and trials.
After singing in the web site, it offers to download the application on the using computer so the upload is faster and more secure.
Uploading and sharing
The upload of a file into Dropbox is very easy.
Just drag the file in the Dropbox folder and that's it.
Sharing a file (photo or video) with a friend is just easy as uploading it. After uploading it, the site or application asks you if you want to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc.
- Dropbox offers also an Event view where it's possible to see the history of uploads, purchases or deletes.
- True photo viewer and photo history.
How Dropbox works
The Dropbox server and desktop client software are primarily written in Python.
Dropbox uses Amazon's S3 storage system to store the files; though Houston has stated that Dropbox may switch to a different storage provider at some point in the future.
Dropbox also provides a technology called LANSync, which allows computers on a local area network to securely download files locally from each other instead of always hitting the central servers. LANSync was developed by Dropbox Engineer Paul Bohm.
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