Box just inked one of its biggest deals in Asia so far as it focuses on international growth. Fujitsu, one of Japan’s largest IT services providers, announced today that it has struck a strategic partnership with the cloud-storage company and will integrate Box into its enterprise software.
Fujitsu will first start using Box to store and manage files sent on communication tools used by its 160,000 employees around the world. The company says the internal use of Box’s services will help it develop new enterprise software, including customer-relationship and enterprise-content management solutions, that it plans to release by March 2017 and market throughout Asia.
Fujitsu will also integrate Box into MetaArc, its new cloud platform, next year. MetaArc includes third-party services (like Box storage), as well as infrastructure and application hosting services. Customer data uploaded to Box will be stored at Fujitsu data centers in Japan. This will help Box appeal to businesses that don’t want to store their data overseas and complements the company’s new plan to offer cloud data centers, called Box Zones, in Ireland, Germany, Singapore, and Japan.
Box founder and CEO Aaron Levie has said that expanding in Europe and Asia is a priority for the company, which went public in January 2015 but has traded below its IPO price since then despite posting solid earnings.
Other partnerships Box has struck to expand internationally include an agreement with IBM that will let Box store data in IBM’s cloud data centers, which are located in 16 countries.