Box.net Increases Storage in Its Content-management Cloud

Box.net, a provider of cloud-hosted content management software for businesses, is lifting its storage ceiling for individual users and groups to make file sharing easier and more convenient.

Box.net, which has about 60,000 customers with about 4 million end users, is raising free storage for personal users from 1G byte to 5G bytes.

The company is also changing its business plan, in which each user at a company currently gets 15G bytes at a cost of US$15 per month, with the option to add more storage incrementally. Now, companies will get 500G bytes of shared storage out of the gate at $15 per user per month. This will triple on average the storage available to its business plan customers, according to the company.

Box.net also offers an enterprise plan with unlimited storage for $35 per user per month.

With these moves, Box.net wants to shrink as much as possible IT departments' concern about storage, so that they don't consider it an impediment to sharing documents online, said Aaron Levie, Box.net's CEO.

Box.net is able to increase the storage it offers because of technology improvements and cost reductions, as well as enhancements in its own infrastructure, such as the building of two "enterprise-grade" data centers and sharpening of its content management software.

The company's customers include Panasonic, Dell, MTV, Lord & Taylor and Skype. The Box.net hosted software is integrated with various other cloud-based collaboration and business suites, including Google Apps, Salesforce.com, SAP StreamWork and NetSuite.

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