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Dropbox brings in-country document hosting to A/NZ & Japan

25 Mar 2019

Dropbox Business users in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan will be able to store their Dropbox files in-country, beginning in the second half of 2019.

“Working with our long-time cloud provider AWS, we’ll have infrastructure capacity in Australia and Japan, connected to our lightning fast points of presence (PoPs) for secure and high-performance collaboration in-country and around the world,” a blog post from Dropbox says.

“Our customers in Australia are prolific collaborators and strong cloud adopters who are using Dropbox to transform the way their teams work. Setting up a local hosting environment is a clear sign that we’re listening to our customers and responding to their collaboration needs,” comments Dropbox Australia and New Zealand country manager, Dean Swan.

The company says it is pleased that its infrastructure innovations are fulfilling customer needs.

“Work style innovation continues to be a key focus for Japanese organizations of all sizes,” adds Dropbox Japan country manager and head of APJ Koki Igarashi.

“Teams across Japan are looking to radically change the way they work and Dropbox is pleased to be able to deliver on this long standing request.”

Meanwhile, enterprise productivity solutions provider DocsCorp has released an integration with Dropbox that allows all documents are completely searchable in the cloud and on premise.

DocsCorp’s contentCrawler now works with all account types in Dropbox and Dropbox Business. It also supports 180 languages including German, Chinese, and Portuguese.

According to DocsCorp, up to 45% of documents hosted on Dropbox are image or PDF files that can’t be easily searched for information. That can be an issue when users are looking for important business information, and it also undermines productivity and regulatory compliance.

“More than half of the Fortune 500 companies rely on Dropbox to collaborate on and manage key business intelligence,” says DocsCorp co-founder and president Dean Sappey. 

“It is incredibly important they have the information they need at their fingertips, not hidden in non-searchable files. Searching without limits will empower Dropbox users to make better-informed business decisions every day.”

Using an OCR engine called ABBYY, contentCrawler is able to intelligently assess documents in Dropbox for OCR processing. This determines whether a text layer needs to be added to an image document.

Once the text layer is added, the entire contents of the document can be searched using the Dropbox search functionality. contentCrawler can also run in Compression mode to reduce file size and save on associated storage costs, the company says.