Cloud storage platform Box.net is announcing a major partnership with HP today to bring the startup’s offerings to select HP desktops.
Box, which has 8 million users and stores over 300 million documents, is a cloud storage platform for the enterprise that comes with collaboration, social and mobile functionality. Box has evolved into more than just a file storage platform, and has become a full-fledged collaborative application where businesses can actually communicate about document updates, sync files remotely, and even add features from Salesforce, Google Apps, NetSuite, Yammer and others.
Starting today, select HP Elite and HP Pro desktop business PCs users will have access to special offers from Box that include increased storage capacity and enterprise sync for enhanced collaboration and content management in the cloud.
For example, users that purchase a new HP Compaq Pro 6500 or 6200 Series PC will receive a free Box account with 10 GB of storage (that’s double the size of a typical Box account), with the option to upgrade to additional capacities at a reduced annual rates. Users that purchase a new HP Elite 8200 Series PC will receive a Box account with unlimited storage and sync at no cost for one year.
Of course for Box, this is another way to help add new customers is the business world. Currently, Box provides storage solutions for 77% of the Fortune 500 with 100,000 businesses using Box’s service (250,000 new users are joining each month). Box just raised $81 million in funding from Salesforce, SAP Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, NEA, Andreessen Horowitz and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.