Cloud-based storage and sharing application Box.net is making a big data storage upgrade to its free and paid plans today. The company is increasing the data storage amounts for its personal, business, and enterprise plans.
Box’s personal subscription plans now come with 5GB of free web storage. Box’s business plan is being adjusted slightly so that companies don’t pay by the individual user (businesses were given 15GB per users previously). Now businesses will automatically receive 500GB of data storage, tripling the amount of storage the average business subscriber has access to. Enterprise customers will have access to an unlimited amount of data storage,, says Box.net’s CEO Aaron Levie, allowing companies to manage terabytes of data in the cloud (Box charges enterprise customers $35 per user per month).
To accommodate these changes, Box has built two enterprise-grade data centers, and received SAS 70 Type II certification. According to the company more than 60,000 businesses including Hawaiian Airlines, T-Mobile and ABC News use Box as a data repository. Levie’s vision in the future is that businesses and individuals will never have to worry about data storage, and Box will be the go-to platform to access what he calls the “Infinite Cloud.”
Box, which raised $15 million in new funding earlier this year, has seen steady growth for a startup that is competing with the likes of Microsoft Sharepoint. Since its launch in 2005, Box.net has accumulated more than 4 million users, with hundreds of thousands of businesses using the application. Last year, the startup increased revenue by 500% and is seeing an increase in sales this year as well thanks to deals with the Oprah Winfrey Network, Volvo, and Nokia Siemens.
After starting as a college business project in 2005, Box was officially launched in March of 2006 with the vision of connecting people, devices and networks. Box provides more than 8 million users with secure cloud content management and collaboration. They say their platform “allows personal and commercial content to be accessible, sharable, and storable in any format from anywhere”.