Box Releases Enterprise Sync Solution for Macs, Windows
Box.net, the content-sharing platform provider, has developed a new enterprise synchronization solution for Macs and Windows. The company has also enhanced the management and security capabilities for businesses handling information within a cloud environment. The announcements were made during BoxWorks 2011, held Sept. 28, 2011, in San Francisco.
Box claims the new platform is the first cross-platform enterprise sync solution and will help users make the most out of their business information. Both Box Sync for Mac and Box Sync for Windows enable to IT departments to connect desktop content to their cloud environments and integrate that content into the rest of their workflow. The newly integrated information can be accessed from any location on any device.
“To date, sync technologies have focused on solving the problem for the individual consumer. ‘How can I make my locally stored content accessible from any device?'” Box CEO Aaron Levie said. “The complexity of this problem is greatly magnified in the enterprise, where massive amounts of content need to be connected to the cloud, secured and then integrated into the business workflow. At Box, we want to help companies realize a future where they get infinitely more intelligence from their information and can make better decisions faster.”
In short, Box is now letting users work offline in their native applications, sync those edits back into their Box account and then access the newly edited content from any mobile device. Box Sync for Windows and Box Sync for Mac both are slated to be available as a free download for business and enterprise users in October 2011.
Box also made several security announcements, including a new Trusted Access solution that monitors all of the browsers, apps and devices connected to Box. The monitoring solution makes sense considering Box is encouraging users to use mobile devices to access their Box accounts, so the company is also giving those users the capability to keep tabs on those devices. Additionally, Box announced Trusted Sharing, a control system that gives companies the option to define sharing permissions either by domain or user group.
It seems as though Box has been building up to these announcements since late June 2011, when it launched two separate cloud storage programs. At the time, the company claimed it was taking the next step in helping the business world move to the cloud. Box followed that up in August 2011 by giving us more details about the depth of its partner programs, and then reportedly seeking $35 million for cloud storage funding. It was unclear what Box was building up to at the time. Now, however, we have some answers.