The idea is to enable better collaboration and access to content among employees and allow easier access from mobile devices, including netbooks, tablets, and iOS or Android smartphones.
Cloud storage and
collaboration service Box, formerly known as Box.net, launched a new enterprise
content-management connector March 24 that works hand-in-hand with its storage
ECM Cloud Connect, facilitated via a partnership with EntropySoft, helps
enterprises augment the reach of their on-premise ECM systems by linking them
to Box's cloud content-management platform. The idea is to enable better
collaboration and access to content among employees and allow easier access
from mobile devices, including netbooks, tablets, and iOS or Android
The new service enables
organizations to move content automatically between on-premise ECM and Box's
cloud system. For example, if you drop a photo into the Box folder on a laptop,
it automatically shows up in an iPhone or other device that also has the Box
ECM Cloud Connect links Box
to more than 40 other systems, including Microsoft SharePoint and EMC
"Basically, this allows
a user to share, manage and access your stuff from anywhere, from any device,
at any time," Box marketing director Dan Levin told eWEEK. "We're
seeing adoption from businesses across the spectrum, from smaller,
sophisticated companies like LinkedIn and Pandora, to large multinational
organizations like Hearst."
The original Box provides a
cloud-based platform for storing and sharing data and the ability to seamlessly
access data from devices like smartphones and tablets. What the platform needed
was a connector to enterprise ECMs, and that's what the EntropySoft
"What we found out is
that most of these enterprises already have content-management systems,
especially the larger companies, who use them for records management, asset
management, workflow or other things," Levin said. "They are
reluctant to simply abandon ECM and migrate all data to the cloud, so Cloud
Connect gives them the best of both worlds."
Box also helps ensure compliance
to corporate records-management and archiving policies for content stored in
the Box cloud. Using ECM Cloud Connect, existing and future Box customers
can synchronize content between Box and those 40 on-premise ECM systems;
automatically archive content archiving from Box to on-premise ECM systems; and
transfer content from on-premise ECM systems to Box, or vice versa.
Box also has its own online
applications market. Box Apps Marketplace features more than 150 integrated
partner applications, such as Salesforce, Google Apps and NetSuite.
Pricing for ECM Cloud
Connect is available upon request, Levin said.
Box.net, which opened for
business in 2005, now claims more than 60,000 customers in both the consumer and
enterprise sectors; the latter includes a high percentage (73 percent) of
Fortune 500 companies, Levin said.
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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