Dropbox Business has announced that customers can now choose to have data stored in Europe as part of ongoing efforts by cloud providers to broaden their location offerings into specific jurisdictions.
Dropbox announced its plan to offer this earlier in the year, revealing that Germany would be the home for its European storage offerings via AWS. This has remained the case, as Dropbox EMEA vice president Philip Lacor explained in a blog post.
“We’ve seen enormous growth worldwide as more businesses entrust Dropbox with their move to the cloud. In Europe alone, the number of Dropbox Business customers has quadrupled in the last two years,” he said.
‘With this launch, we’re giving those organisations more choice, and providing a world-class solution for future European business customers.”
The option will be available first for businesses with 250 seats or above, before moving to smaller firms.
“This is also where we have had the greatest demand from customers, and we fully expect to be able to offer this to more business customers in the future,” added Lacor.
Dropbox also rolled out a customer who will benefit from the availability of the European storage. Claus Jensen, head of ICT operations and digitalisation at Danish municipality Hillerød Kommune, explained that the move is a big boost for his organisation.
“It is very important for us as a Danish municipality to ensure that our files reside in the EU. With Dropbox Business we now have that option and the migration of users and data has been completely seamless,” he said.
The move comes amid growing uptake of cloud services across organisations of all types and sizes. The UK government has just revealed that it has now hosted sales totalling £1.4bn on the G-Cloud platform, and that 54 per cent of the sales were made with SMEs.
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