Box, EMC Partner To Mobilize Documentum

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-10 Print this article Print

New agreement gives Box and Documentum users access to EMC's Documentum enterprise repository directly from the cloud.

LAS VEGAS -- Box, formerly called, is moving up the partnership food chain.

On May 9, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based cloud storage and collaboration company announced at EMC World 2011 here a new agreement that gives its users access to EMC's Documentum enterprise repository directly from the cloud.

Box, which focused on the consumer market during its first few years, is evolving steadily into the enterprise sector; this is another clear indicator.

For Documentum and its owner, EMC, this suddenly opens up a previously closed platform and gives it all the advantages of mobile-cloud access without having to do a lot of expensive new development. Box has already done that, and very well, indeed.

Box already has a popular application for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that connects it with a user's PC or laptop, so companies using Documentum now can give users instant access to Documentum content wherever they are from all those mobile devices.

Box has previously enlisted well-known partners that include VMware, Samsung and NetSuite. The company that just a year ago had 65 employees and 2 million users now has 5 million customers- and that's up 1 million from only four months ago-and its headcount has nearly doubled to 125.

It's also storing upwards of 300 million pieces of content, superceding the number of volumes in the Library of Congress.

Box gives all those who sign up in a personal account a free 5GB of online space, a standard inducement in this sector. Business users (three or more users per account, free trials available) pay $15 per month for up to 500GB; enterprise users can get unlimited capacity, but they need to talk to Box about pricing.

The company also claims a 99.9 percent up-time guarantee and offers SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption, available redundant storage and configurable permissions.

EMC acquired Documentum and its enterprise content management platform for $1.7 billion in December 2003.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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