DROPBOX has announced a new Groups feature and API for its Dropbox for Business service.
Billed as the "most requested" service from existing customers, Groups allows Dropbox for Business to be split into smaller container groups, giving more granular control over access for individuals within the framework.
It comes with an API, meaning that the Groups service can be deep-integrated into existing IT infrastructures including Active Directory, or "leading partners".
Groups has been implemented at 12,000 companies since it was released as part of the Dropbox Early Access (beta) programme in November, but the launch of the API will see use cases grow dramatically.
Partners working on integrating the API include CloudLock, Netskope, Bitium, Elastica, OneLogin, Okta, Ping Identity, Centrify, Skyhigh and Windows Azure with more to be announced.
A turnkey solution for Active Directory sync capability will be released over the next few months, according to a blog post by Dropbox for Business account manager Waseem Dahers.
"Delivering the features customers need to easily manage Dropbox for Business is a top priority for us. Today, we're excited to bring one such feature," he said.
Administrators can decide whether users can create their own groups, giving the opportunity for individuals to make project-specific team folders or even private directories.
Deep integration in Dropbox has been part of the roadmap for the company for some time, with cross-compatibility with Microsoft's Office suite representing a major first milestone for both teams.
Dropbox is growing quickly in the UK and opened a London office last year, reflecting the fact that the number of UK users of Dropbox for Business doubled in 2014.
The company believes that five million UK companies will use at least one cloud service by this time next year. However, it doesn't specify whether that means Dropbox or all cloud services. µ
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