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New Feature Centralizes Business Content and Enables Collaboration Straight from the Desktop
Palo Alto, Calif. – June 10, 2010 – (PRWEB) – Box.net, the leading cloud content management provider, today launched Box Sync, an extension of the Box.net platform that centralizes crucial business content by connecting users’ desktops to Box.net’s cloud-based content management and collaboration solution. With the Box Sync desktop client, users can sync Box.net folders with their desktops, making it even easier to share new and updated content with collaborators and extend it to partnering business applications and mobile devices. By providing a seamless on-ramp to the Box platform – serving 1.5 million files daily and 1.5 billion to date – Box Sync helps businesses break down information silos and extract more value from content previously locked in the desktop environment.
“While the trend has been toward greater openness, system interoperability remains complex and costly,” said Rob Koplowitz, Principal Analyst, Forrester. “When the information that workers need exists in separate, non-integrated systems, the process of gathering all relevant information to make informed decisions becomes complicated.”
“Businesses today face a major information challenge – they need to centralize and manage massive amounts of crucial content, while also reducing their reliance on costly, high maintenance infrastructure,” said Aaron Levie, Co-founder and CEO of Box.net. “Traditional enterprise content management systems like SharePoint are now looking to the cloud to address this issue, but take a disjointed approach with separate on-premise and cloud-based products; at Box, we’re providing a compelling alternative by building a seamless bridge from the desktop to cloud content management, with Box Sync as an extension of our core platform. We think this approach will prove disruptive, with immense cost savings and productivity benefits for businesses.”
In line with Box.net’s core mission to make it easy to manage, collaborate and share content from anywhere, Box Sync gives users the flexibility to work offline and engage with content through desktop applications, while also keeping colleagues and partners up to date with the latest versions. Box Sync is available as a downloadable desktop client that lets users sync selected Box.net folders with a single click, making it easy to extend active content to the desktop. Designed specifically for the needs of businesses, Box Sync provides sophisticated conflict management, alerts collaborators when relevant files are created or updated, and incorporates real-time updates in users’ activity feeds. Box Sync will be rolled out for free to Box business users in waves over the summer, with a modified version made available to the remainder of Box.net’s 4 million users later in the year. Launched initially for Windows, Box Sync will soon extend to Mac OS and Linux platforms.
“The collaborative sync goes far beyond simple storage,” said Mark Brennan, the SaaS Architecture lead at Xactly and a beta user of Box Sync. “We’ve said `Sayonara’ to old versions, colliding edits, email attachments and out-of-sync updates.”
Box.net began the year with a record first quarter driven by 300% business revenue growth over Q1 2009, and continues to see momentum as businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies Coca Cola and Audi to video advertising start-up YuMe deploy Box.net to facilitate collaboration and streamline file management. Box Sync comes on the heels of several milestone announcements in 2010, including integrations with best-of-breed business applications like Google Apps, NetSuite, SAP StreamWork and SugarCRM, in addition to existing OpenBox partners salesforce.com, LinkedIn, Zoho and others. With Box Sync, content created and updated on the desktop is now immediately accessible within these partnering platforms, as well as across mobile devices thanks to custom applications for the iPad, iPhone, and Blackberry. With $15M in Series C financing closed in April, Box.net will continue to invest in bringing technologies like Sync to market, as well as leveraging forward-looking standards like HTML5 to build a more interactive, feature-rich platform.
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