Dropbox for Business API is released

Dropbox has announced the new (long-awaited) Dropbox for Business API, allowing integration partners to add capabilities to the file sync-and-share service, as well as integrating Dropbox into other enterprise software.

The company says that over 100,000 companies are using Dropbox for Business, like Hyatt, News Corp, and MIT. Developer partners — like IBM, Dell, and Microsoft — will have Dropbox integrations with their software in the near term.

Splunk has integrated with Dropbox for Business API to provide usage analytics, like this, showing a company’s Dropbox for Business use.


Dropbox explains the various ways the API can be employed:

  • eDiscovery & legal hold: Integrations with services like Guidance and Nuix enable secure search, as well as the ability to collect and preserve electronically stored information (ESI) in Dropbox for Business accounts — making it possible for admins to easily respond to litigation, arbitration, and regulatory investigations.
  • Security information and event management (SIEM) and analytics: With integrations like Splunk, Domo, and General Audit Tool, it’s easy for Dropbox for Business admins to oversee employee activity and manage sensitive data, so IT can have even more visibility and control.
  • Data loss prevention (DLP): Integrations with services like CirroSecure, CloudLock, Elastica, Netskope, and Skyhigh Networks provide enterprise-class DLP, auditing and compliance functionality, and easy management of sensitive data stored in Dropbox for Business.
  • Digital rights management (DRM): With partnerships like Dell Data Protection, nCrypted Cloud, and Sookasa, companies in highly regulated industries can add additional client-side encryption and decryption for company data stored in Dropbox for Business accounts.
  • Identity management & single sign-on (SSO): External identity providers like Active Directory keep Dropbox for Business teams authenticated in a scalable way. Integrations are available through solutions like Centrify, Meldium, Microsoft Azure AD, Okta, OneLogin, and Ping Identity.
  • Data migration and on-premises backup: Easily transfer large amounts of data between locations and secure sensitive information with on-site data backup from services like Mover and SkySync.
  • Custom workflows enhanced by Dropbox: We provide the tools to build in-house apps that integrate Dropbox into your business processes. Several Dropbox for Business customers are already leveraging the Dropbox Platform to enhance their internal workflows, and services like IBM WebSphere Cast Iron make it even easier to drag and drop connections to dozens of other enterprise systems.

This move solidifies Dropbox’s solid position in the enterprise file sync-and-share marketplace. This puts even more pressure on other players, since Dropbox for Business can now start to build a large ecosystem of partners who will come to rely on — and promote — Dropbox for their own customers.