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Davidson College Digital Transformation Initiatives

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About the Customer

Davidson College is a private liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina with a historic 665-acre main campus and a 110-acre lake campus on Lake Norman. The college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars. Davidson annually enrolls about 1950 students from 47 states and 40 countries.

Scope and Challenges

North Carolina's Davidson College IT Department felt it was time for the school to embark on a digital transformation, much needed for them. In 2016 they decided to go with Dropbox as their collaboration platform, in order to replace its legacy on-premise solution and reduce costs.

Outcome and Implications

The college decided to roadtest Dropbox, Box for Higher Education, Google Drive for Education, and Microsoft OneDrive in order to find the most suitable solution. 

To test the four services, the college's IT department uploaded a 112GB file set to each service to see how they performed. According to the tests, Dropbox was the only service that actually completed the upload and managed to do so in hours. The other three services canceled it after trying for five days.

Following the implementation to an initial group of 1,700 students and staff, 70 % of those offered the service signed up to use Dropbox and, as a result, the college has now decided to use more of Dropbox's services across its entire organization.


“This sync test told me everything that I needed to know about the available solutions for cloud-based file storage," said Rob Smith, director of systems and networks, Davidson College.

"When we consider that our last SAN cost in the $500,000 range, we can dramatically change the economics of the game by replacing it with a combination of Dropbox for Education and VMware-optimised solid-state storage. Between the two we’re looking at half the previous spend,” Smith continued. 

405 N Main St
Davidson, 28036 , NC
+1 704-894-2000
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Enterprise Software & Cloud Applications Purchased by Davidson College

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IT Decision Makers and Key Stakeholders at Davidson College

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