Cloud-storage company enlists some rather well-known partners—VMware, Samsung and NetSuite—to help it go corporate.
Box, formerly known as Box.net, is on its way to transcending the standard consumer cloud-storage-service market and moving into a different category: that of enterprise cloud storage and real-time collaboration services.
To help it along this new path, Box has enlisted well-known partners: VMware, Samsung and NetSuite. The company that just a year ago had 65 employees and 2 million users now has 5 million customers— and that’s up 1 million from only four months ago—and its headcount has nearly doubled to 125.
It’s also storing upwards of 300 million pieces of content, superceding the number of volumes in the Library of Congress.
Box gives all those who sign up in a personal account a free 5GB of online space, a standard inducement in this sector. Business users (three or more users per account, free trials available) pay $15 per month for up to 500GB; enterprise users can get unlimited capacity, but they need to talk to Box about pricing.
The company also claims a 99.9 percent up-time guarantee and offers SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption, available redundant storage and configurable permissions.