Box.net and Google Apps together offer businesses a robust content management, collaboration and communications platform that resides entirely in the cloud, at a fraction of the cost of on-premise solutions
Palo Alto, Calif. (PRWEB) March 9, 2010
Cloud Content Management provider Box.net today announced it is available as an integrated Google Apps™ service on the Google Apps Marketplace™, Google's recently launched online storefront for Google Apps products and services. Google Apps customers can now access and share their Box.net content when logged into Google Apps, and Box.net customers can use Google Apps products within Box.net.
Together, Box.net and Google Apps provide businesses with a complete enterprise package: a Cloud Content Management platform combined with communication and collaboration services. Businesses can manage their ongoing project files, including product collateral, overview videos, various artwork and Google Docs™, in a shared Box folder. From there, users can streamline workflow with Box's versioning, tasks, and commenting features as well as leverage Google Docs to collaborate on their files. Finished work can then be published on a company-wide Google Site™. Box.net also provides the advanced administration and reporting tools expected of a content management system, including password management down to the file level, six levels of access permissions, and reports on user and file activity.
"Box.net and Google Apps together offer businesses a robust content management, collaboration and communications platform that resides entirely in the cloud, at a fraction of the cost of on-premise solutions," said Aaron Levie, Box.net CEO and co-founder. "Similar to our recent integration with Salesforce, working with Google takes us another step further towards the future of enterprise software: cloud providers seamlessly connected in a powerful combination that replaces traditional server-based solutions like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange."
Initially, Google Apps customers will be able to access, work with, and share their Box.net content with others inside of Gmail™, Google Calendar™, and Google Sites, as well as seamlessly enter the Box.net Cloud Content Management platform through Google's universal navigation links. Additionally, when in Box.net, users can create a new Google Document or Spreadsheet, as well as select a file or a folder of files to send with Gmail, schedule a meeting and link to a specific file or folder with Google Calendar™, or publish to Google Sites. Additional, deeper points of integration between Box.net and Google Apps can be expected in the near future.
Many businesses are already utilizing Box.net and Google Apps to reduce costs and increase productivity by connecting their content management, collaboration and communication solutions in the cloud. "Box.net and Google Apps empowered us to get rid of our old, unreliable and expensive servers and transition our content management and communications infrastructure to the cloud," said Joseph Thomae, CPM and Asset Manager at Cardinal Capital Management, Inc. "The total cost savings of the two services over four years adds up to more than $300,000."
"We are very excited to have Box.net in the Google Apps Marketplace," adds Scott McMullan, Google Apps Partner Lead for Google Enterprise. "Through the Google Apps Marketplace, software vendors like Box.net are helping us build a rich ecosystem of integrated apps that work seamlessly with Google Apps, allowing IT administrators to leverage the benefits of cloud computing and extend Google Apps to meet more of their business needs. We are happy to offer Box.net to the millions of Google Apps users who have embraced the cloud."
The Google Apps Marketplace makes it easy for more than 2 million Google Apps customers to discover, purchase and deploy integrated business applications and related professional services. By integrating with user account and application data stored in Google Apps, these cloud applications provide a simpler user experience, increase business efficiency, and reduce administrative overhead. To learn more, visit google.com/appsmarketplace.
Box.net for Google Apps is available immediately. For more information, please visit http://www.box.net/googleapps. For screenshots, demo video and other press materials, please visit http://www.box.net/gapps.
Founded in 2005, Box.net provides Cloud Content Management for over 3.5 million users and companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Box.net's dynamic, flexible content management and collaboration solution empowers users to access and share content online, and gives IT professionals unprecedented visibility into how content moves within their organizations and beyond. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Box.net is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson and U.S. Venture Partners.
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