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May 25, 2011

Online file storage: Dropbox and K-State's Zimbra Briefcase

Submitted by K-State IT editor

Last week there were more than 200 views of the Dropbox article in IT News, and five or more separate questions to the editors about suggesting Dropbox. While there are many free tools for storing and sharing of information, we chose to share information about Dropbox because of its ease of use and the ability to share files and information with individuals beyond K-State.

We also amended last week's article to include the statement, "Internal, confidential, and proprietary data should not be shared with third-party services".

IT News readers pointed out that the K-State Zimbra Briefcase provided the same functionality as Dropbox and uses your K-State eID/password for authentication.

screenshot of Briefcase feature in K-State Zimbra webmail

The Briefcase can be used to share files with K-Staters, it is tied to your K-State e-mail; it does perform functions similar to Dropbox; doesn't have a space-quota limit; and on most systems doesn't require software to be installed. To learn how to use this tool, see Free file storage: “Briefcase” in K-State Zimbra webmail (IT News, April 19, 2011).