SOURCE: Box

Box

September 17, 2012 09:00 ET

Box Builds Cutting Edge Global Network to Boost Speed of Business

Box Accelerator Drives up to 10X Faster Content Uploads Than Competition

LOS ALTOS, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 17, 2012) - Box today announced the launch of Box Accelerator™, the first global data transfer network that optimizes the performance of business collaboration. Available today, Box Accelerator advances the speed, security and scale of the Box service for business and enterprise users worldwide to create a faster and more streamlined work experience.

"We've introduced an enterprise architecture that scales with the pace of today's business and addresses the explosive growth of content creation and sharing," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. "As Box continues to expand internationally, it's critical that we provide all our customers with a consistently great experience and rapid data access. Box Accelerator provides the fastest, most secure channel to connect businesses with their content in the cloud."

Box Accelerator -- Faster File Uploads Worldwide
Box Accelerator uses patent-pending, intelligent routing technology and a series of new global upload endpoints to deliver content around the world at the highest possible speed, while maintaining usability, security and accessibility. Box Accelerator includes the following advancements:

  • Nine new international upload locations that bring the Box experience closer to its customers throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America
  • Patent-pending routing technology that analyzes user traffic based on several variables, including location, operating system and browser preferences, to consistently deliver optimal transfer speeds
  • Enables the fastest data upload path by continually evaluating external factors that may affect transfer speeds 
  • Ensures information is secure, with all data encrypted throughout transit

Performance Tested at Scale, Customers Benefit Everywhere
To confirm these improvements, Box commissioned Neustar Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis for the technology, telecommunications and media industries, to analyze Box Accelerator performance against three major cloud storage providers. According to the tests, Box had the lowest average upload time across all locations tested (2.7 times faster than the closest competitor, globally, and 3.1 times faster than its closest competitor in the U.S.). On average, file uploads to Box were processed at 7MB per second.

Today, more than 125,000 businesses and individuals at 92 percent of the Fortune 500 use Box to manage information and collaboration in the cloud. Sony, Six Flags, American Hospital Association and Targus Group International have all deployed the new Box Accelerator for file uploads and have seen similar results to those recorded by the third-party tester.

"It's imperative that we're able to access our business content quickly no matter where we are in the world," said Sean Andersen, Director of Interactive Services at Six Flags Entertainment. "Box Accelerator will enable our employee base to get to content fast and collaborate with teams in real time regardless of location."

"Box continues to differentiate themselves by thinking beyond basic file sharing and sync services, and instead focusing on the needs of enterprise customers," said Alan Lepofsky of Constellation Research. "Today's announcement of Box Accelerator shows how they are building a cloud infrastructure that can scale to meet the requirements of the largest of global companies."

Availability
Box Accelerator is available today, at no cost, for all Box business and enterprise customers. The service supports file uploads to the Box web application today and will extend to other features of Box in the future. For more details on Box Accelerator and the results of our third party testing, please visit the Box blog.

About Box
Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone applications, among others, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners, and strategic investors salesforce.com and SAP. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.