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Tip of the week: How to save money on your infrastructure


Published on February 13, 2015

If you’re in charge of IT operations at your company, you’ve probably spent a lot of time and resources on your data storage system. Maybe it’s a home server for your two-person startup, a network-attached storage (NAS) setup for your small business, or a full on-premises data center at your growing organization. But no matter what kind of company you work for (or own), or what kind of setup you have, being cost effective is never a bad idea. One way to achieve this is to let Dropbox for Business help shoulder your company’s data load, and give the servers a break. After all, the less you use your servers, the fewer expenses you’ll have associated with electricity, maintenance, or server downtime. So here are three ways you can encourage your employees to rely a little less on local storage, and a little more on their Dropbox for Business accounts:
  • Get your largest files on Dropbox: Search your server for files over, say, 200 MB, and see if the owners want to move them over to Dropbox. They'll get an easy way to share massive files quickly, and you'll reclaim server space.
  • Give your Dropbox fans a hand: Got departments that already use and love Dropbox? You can help them move all their files onto Dropbox with the help of migration tools like SkySync and Mover.
  • Show them magic of self-service: No one wants to wait for files to get pulled off backup when something gets accidentally deleted. Run demos of version history and deletion recovery to show off how much easier it is to undo mistakes when files live on Dropbox.
Implementing changes like this should help grow your organization without adding tons of new hardware to your server room (especially since we provide you with as much space as your team needs). For more information on how Dropbox for Business can help you scale your infrastructure while controlling costs, check out 5 ways Dropbox for Business can complement your on-premises server.