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A presentation for my Business Communications class, when prompted to convince others. Here, me and my team demoed to a hypothetical CMU IT board why they should use Dropbox as a file management......

A presentation for my Business Communications class, when prompted to convince others. Here, me and my team demoed to a hypothetical CMU IT board why they should use Dropbox as a file management tool for students and faculty in replacement of the current Andrew File System, (which in truth absolutely no one uses), if Dropbox hypothetically offered such a product for the education sector.

Looking back on it in May 2012, I'm surprised that no cloud service provider has targeted the education market, as there are clear use cases for all kinds of students to utilize such a service. It's worth noting that Google has a strong grasp in Education with Google Apps for Education, and now that they just recently released Google Drive...

This presentation was made and presented in March 2011. My PowerPoint skills have improved greatly since then. :)

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  • Message Title from PC Magazine Review
  • Students always need files accessibleAFS requires students to manually FTP/SSHStudents use e-mail or flash drives instead
  • Local Dropbox servers maintained on campusAll campus computers can access Dropbox2 GB per student, can be increased
  • Saves time and reduces stress for studentsEnhances student collaboration for projectsPuts CMU at the forefront of on-campus technologyTime is spent by logging into e-mail and downloading file, and then by sending the file back and redownloading it
  • Files transmitted via SSL, files encrypted server side by AES-256
  • Reasonable price for server licensesOnly variable costs are server maintenanceCan easily add more storage if necessary

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  • 1. @Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2. What is Dropbox?• Cloud Storage and File Synchronization Solution• Founded in 2008, over 4 million users in 2011• Offering local server licenses for colleges
  • 3. “The Simplest, Most Elegant File-Sync Tool Ever” • Synchronize and backup files automatically • Share files with other Dropbox users • Access files anywhere with web and mobile clients
  • 4. Current System Inefficient For Student Needs • Files must always be easily accessible • AFS requires students to manually FTP/SSH • Students use e-mail or flash drives instead
  • 5. How Dropbox Will Work at CMU
  • 6. Innovative Technology for an Innovative Campus • Saves time and reduces stress for students • Enhances student collaboration for projects • Puts CMU at the forefront of on-campus technology Average Time Spent Transferring One File 25 20 seconds 20 15 10 5 Zero seconds! 0 AFS/E-mail/Flash Drive Dropbox
  • 7. Absolute File Security and Privacy• Files are heavily encrypted• Administrators cannot access student files• Permissions for shared folders
  • 8. Minimal Overhead and Unlimited Scalability• Reasonable price for server licenses• Few variable costs• Easily expandable storage
  • 9. Thanks forListening!