Box Adds to Features for Enterprise Cloud Storage, Sync

Once again, online storage and sharing service Box is adding features that appeal to its business customers. The additions include an expansion of its Partner Program, a new administrative console, and an updated sync client.

The Box Services Partner Program is the first major expansion of the company's existing network of channel partners. It adds system integrators and other consultants, including Capgemini, to help businesses utilize its cloud-based services. The service providers will assist client companies in such efforts as integrating new and existing ERP systems or individual apps, or building custom apps for such uses as content-based activities for mobile workers.

Chris Penner, vice president of Channel at Box, said in a statement that the partner ecosystem is "crucial to ensuring that businesses of all sizes across all geographies have the resources and expertise required to transition to Box's content collaboration platform." An earlier Box Partner Network was launched last year, with such initial channel partners as CDW, Ingram Micro and Softchoice.

Box Sync 4.0

Box provides the example of service partner Volo Solutions, which has developed a custom FTP connector called skyBRIDGE that automates the movement of files, along with their context and searchability, from legacy systems to Box.

The newest version of its desktop sync app, Box Sync 4.0 for Windows and Mac, has been completely rewritten. It allows all files in the cloud and on desktops to be synced and accessible through Box mobile apps. New features include the ability to selectively sync or unsync any Box folder or subfolder, sync-on-save that uploads a file or a file's changes just by clicking save, and a share link function for quickly sharing through a right click on desktop files and folders.

Sync 4.0 also automatically updates, provides notifications if files can't be synced, and the company said it requires "significantly" less memory...

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