Box takes cloud storage to universities

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More than 85 higher education institutions have adopted Dropbox alternative, claims vendor

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider Box claims that more than 85 universities are now using its collaboration platform.

Over the past year, the company claims the number of customers it has in the US education sector has doubled with new wins including Cornell, Stanford and Michigan universities.

A number of individual departments within universities have also signed up to the service, including Emory University’s Office of Business Practice Improvement and Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

The company partnered with networking consortium Internet2 to drive its higher education initiative, saying the organisation offered American Universities “a secure and simple way to deploy Box across their entire campus communities.”

Thirty two of the universities now using Box came to the service through Internet2’s NET+ Box programme, which was launched in April 2012. Since then, more than one million Box accounts have been purchased, which works out at an average of 31,250 per institution.

Whitney Bouck, general manager of enterprise at Box, said: “Universities are moving away from legacy systems and pushing aggressively towards software that is built for a post-PC world and meets the expectation of their students.

“We are thrilled to be working with a growing group of higher education institutions that are making it easy for their communities to work, learn and collaborate together,” she added.

Shelton Waggener, senior vice president of Internet2, said: “Higher education is going through massive changes. Cloud technologies, like Box, deliver on the vision of seamless and lightweight applications that can easily be deployed and quickly adapted to enable the next generation of education.”

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