Box Inc, the cloud storage company specializing in enterprise-level collaboration, has tacked on yet another addition to its storage platform, focusing on driving additional enterprise adoption of its eponymous product.
In a company blog post by Whitney Bouck, general manager for Box Enterprise, Bouck discusses Box’s deeper foray into the enterprise — which is all about breaking down barriers. Bouck says Box’s first steps were with the Box Accelerator, built to break down the barrier of speed. Now, it’s about the security and management of that data.
“We’ve always made securing your content a priority,” said Bouck, but now Box wants to do more, by providing “more choices for authentication and more tools for monitoring activity.” To that end, Box is introducing:
- New reporting APIs: As data collaboration happens in real time, ITs admins can monitor that activity, track and report it. This gives visibility into data usage and can help organizations understand where content flows. This also taps in Box’s new business intelligence platform, which is linked with with GoodData Corp.’s technology, ”letting our customers directly use Box activity data to inform their sales, marketing and organizational reporting,” too.
- Search Console: Administrators now have granular control over data mining with the ability to look deep into the content and context of data and where it fits across the corporate infrastructure. Searches can be saved for future digs, and the interface has been given a refresh to make it more intuitive for deep digs.
- Two step verification: Building on the “multi-factor authentication” that came from Box partners like Citrix and VMWare, Box is now introducing built-in native two-step verification during log-in, allowing users and admins to feel comfortable using Box on all endpoints, including mobile applications.
- Proofpoint data loss prevention integration: Restricted content won’t float away on Box’s cloud storage platform. With Proofpoint Inc. integration, files that are identified as “restricted content” will automatically be removed from shared folders, preventing accidental leakage of critical data.
So how does Box play into the channel? Solution providers already levering Box’s services don’t need an explanation, but Box’s push for safe and secure enterprise storage technology is helping lead the way towards a broader acceptance of public cloud technology used in a private organization. Storage in the cloud is a continually evolving platform, so every notch on the storage security belt is another step towards the eventual maturation of cloud storage.
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