Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:22

Dropbox free for on-net for Australian research and education institutions


A partnership between DropBox, AARNet and CAUDIT means Australian research and educational institutions no longer have to pay for data resulting from traffic to and from the service.

The deal between Dropbox, a secure file sharing and storage solution, with AARNet (a high-capacity network for universities, research organisations, and many schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions) and CAUDIT (Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology) covers more than a million users across hundreds of education and research institutions with free on-net traffic to Dropbox for Education, as well as discounted licenses.

It is expected to bring greater collaboration and savings to Australian research and educational institutions.

Further savings to the sector will also be realised as part of the industry-wide procurement agreement with CAUDIT, designed to deliver discounted Dropbox for Education licenses to research and education institutions, as well as create a standard legal framework to facilitate the quick and easy deployment of the service on campus.

Dropbox for Education  is already used globally in over 3,000 education and research institutions. It features robust IT management tools to give IT administrators greater control to manage and protect data on campus, as well as seamless integration with popular higher education tools such as Blackboard and Turnitin to facilitate create collaboration, makes Dropbox for Education a popular choice with educators.

Chris Hancock, CEO of AARNet said, “Institutions across our research and education community are asking for cloud solutions that support collaboration by easily and securely meeting the storage needs of students, faculty and staff. This partnership with Dropbox is a great example of how we all work with leading cloud technology companies to drive cost-efficient initiatives for the benefit of research and education.”

Charlie Wood Managing Director APAC of Dropbox, says the partnership would facilitate smarter working and collaboration within education and research institutions by simplifying the way students, researchers and faculty work together. “The partnership goes to the heart of supporting the people who are helping to build our knowledge economy which is critical to Australia’s future prosperity. We are very proud of our role in facilitating learning and knowledge exchange across the broad spectrum of institutions within this sector, both through partnerships such as that we have with CAUDIT and AARNet and company initiatives like our Campus Cup, which allows students, faculty, and staff at eligible universities to earn Dropbox space.”

One institution that will benefit from the partnership is Griffith University, who uses AARNet to deploy a range of technologies across its network. "Dropbox is a popular service with thousands of our clients. The volume of Griffith information held in Dropbox will continue to grow exponentially as we exploit the Dropbox services. Griffith's internet traffic will grow alongside that. The agreement with AARNet provides an immediate saving on Griffith's traffic costs, savings that will grow over time. These savings, along with the information management capabilities Dropbox for Education has been an essential component of the business case for adoption,” said Bruce Callow, Chief Technology Officer, Griffith University

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