Today, we’ll be reviewing the Box cloud storage provider. A fantastic and powerful service that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s pretty easy to share files on the cloud, it comes with a plethora of incredibly fast and responsive applications and it provides a generous free option with quite a lot of storage space. The Box online storage has its flaws – like any other piece of software; but it’s worth noting that www.box.net is worth looking into.
Mainly because pricing is so competitive, and support is just downright awesome – we have reviewed quite a lot of cloud storage providers in the past that simply disappointed us when we got to discuss customer service. Box cloud storage can be used for business and for personal use alike because it offers a variety of features that appease even the most fickle customer. Below you’ll find our in-depth Box cloud storage review.
What we like: We absolutely loved the Box storage pricing as it offers a lot of features and storage space for little money. It’s super fast, and super responsive – basically, all of its apps work without a glitch. Collaboration tools are well designed and useful. The Box storage free subscription offer a generous amount of storage.
What we don’t like: However, even though box.net pricing is highly competitive, it lacks some quintessential features that are offered by the leaders of the cloud storage industry.
- Cloud/Backup Features ****
- Extra Features **
- Usability & User Friendliness ****
- Pricing ****
- Support ****
Who Should Use Box Cloud Storage?
The Box cloud provider isn’t as well known as DropBox, even though they are direct competitors, and a lot of people have been asking themselves – what is box.net? and will it suit my cloud needs?
Well, the Box file storage service can be used by SMBs and personal users alike, because it offers a variety of features that will surely please both categories. The company even offers box cloud storage pricing plans for enterprises, but you’ll have to contact them directly for more information.
It has strong syncing and storage tools, perfect for those who like to work on various machines and devices. The box cloud service has an intuitive and easy to use interface making it a great choice even for those who are technically impaired. It’s highly customizable as well, letting the user to integrate his, or hers, account with loads of services and apps. Fantastic pricing, and great storage offerings.
In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, providing our employees with secure access to content at any time using any device is critical to creating a more productive, connected workforce. Moving to a cloud technology like Box allows us to centralize all of our content and provides more efficiency, speed and simplicity for our employees.
– Jamie Miller, Senior Vice President and CIO of GE
|Personal – Free||10 GB|
|Personal Pro – 8€ a month||100 GB|
|Starter – 4€ a month, per user||100 GB|
|Business – 12€ a month, per user||Unlimited|
|Enterprise – Contact Cloud Storage Box directly to customize your plan||Unlimited|
*Note: The free online storage Box plan comes with 10 GB of space, but its max file size is of 250 MB. The Personal Pro plan has a max file size of 5 GB, as well as the Business subscription. If you opt in for the Starter account, you’ll have a 2 GB max file size. For more information about the Enterprise Box storage cloud account, you should contact the service directly.
Box was the first cloud provider to offer a new level of content management security, which uses role-based access controls. A fantastic feature that results in the service being able to offer 99.9 percent uptime. Pair that with high-grade SSL encryption and you’ve got yourself a super secure cloud account, which is almost impossible to get into. Having a safe place where you can store your personal documents on the cloud is quintessential, and it means a lot.
You can get real-time updates, post comments and asign tasks, as well as share a file and even a whole folder. Everything uploads quickly and you can organize files into folders.
The Box online storage offers more than decent backup features, however nothing is uploaded automatically, you have to remember to set what files and/or folders you want on the cloud.
The mobile version of Box storage online is available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10, WebOS and all of the Windows Phone smartphones and tablets. Box can run on Windows and OS X.
The company was launched in 2005 in Mercer Island, Washington, USA. Box’s founders are Aaron Levie, Sam Ghods, Dylan Smith and Jeff Queisser. The company was awarded, in 2009, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Emerging Tech award, among others, and several other nominations in the cloud computing category, in the same year, and the following period.
The Box storage online service has received $125 M in funding in July of 2012 from growth equity firm General Atlantic, and other investors that include Social + Capital Partnership, Scale Venture Partners, SAP Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, DFJ Growth, and Bessemer Venture Partners.
In December of 2013, another 8 investors have participated in a F funding round that amassed $100M. They include Telstra Ventures, Telstra, Mitsui & Co, Macnica Networks Corp., Telefonica Digital, Itochu Technology Ventures, DFJ Growth, and Coatue Management.
The Box.net restore features aren’t that many, but they are super quick because of the file synchronization. In order to retrieve files you will need to download them manually, but you’ll first need to make sure that you have the app on each device so you can open files past the SSL encryption.
When it comes to security, Box.com storage provides top-notch features. However, we have noticed that Box.com for business plans have better, and more security features. Overall, regardless of what subscription you choose, you’ll have an incredibly safe cloud account.
It’s worth noting that the Starter plan is aimed at teams of 3 to 10 people, and the standard Business plan is best used with a minimum of 3 users.
All of the subscriptions come with desktop sync, SSL and AT Rest Encryption, rich file preview, file locking and versioning – including history; mobile access, two-factor authentication, full text search and access stats. And other features that aren’t that popular with its competitors like content API, partner apps, and granular permissions.
We didn’t have a reason to contact the Box web storage support as everything worked seamlessly, without a problem. The Box upload was fantastic, and syncing was done almost immediately.
As for Box.net competitors, we can name DropBox and Microsoft OneDrive. You can read our essential DropBox for Business Review and make an idea on how the both fare in the DropBox vs Box.net battle – they are direct competitors.
We see great functionality and features in both Dropbox and Box, but we tend to appreciate Dropbox better mainly because its cheaper.
We have scoured the internet for user complaints and industry reviews and we have found little issues. There were a couple user comments aimed at bashing Box.com business subscriptions for being too pricey, but we don’t agree. The consensus of reviews is that this service is a fantastic choice, and Box.net security is top-notch.
Our Box cloud review has found the service to be a must-buy, if not, at least a must-try, because it offers a free account with 10 GB of storage allotment.