Friday, October 14th, 2011

Why Box is Giving iOS Users Massive Amounts of Free Cloud Storage

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Mobility is catalyzing a massive shift in power in the technology world. The rampant adoption of a new set of devices – iPhones, iPads, Androids – within today’s organizations is in turn sending shockwaves through the enterprise software landscape.

Looking across the traditional enterprise technology stack, we see a tremendous number of systems that are locked on premise, offering little value in a world that is increasingly mobile, social, and collaborative. And when it comes to sharing and managing our content, we’re nearing a breaking point. Today’s organizations are creating more data than ever before, need to share that information broadly yet securely, and have to support a growing diversity of mobile devices.

The enterprise giants who own today’s technology stack certainly don’t have the answer to this problem. Microsoft can’t meaningfully support iOS and Android without neutralizing the only advantage its proprietary mobile platform has to offer. And IBM, Oracle, and other leaders are still very much wedded to the client-server paradigm, for all the noise they’ve been making about the cloud.

Apple, on the other hand, gets mobility it a huge way. But it’s just not an enterprise-oriented company. In fact, Steve Jobs has made this point pretty clearly over the years. And iCloud is no exception. It is designed to help consumers seamlessly synchronize information across Apple-built devices and platforms, but falls (intentionally) short of solving the enterprise problem of cross-platform and cross-boundary sharing.

Will iCloud be a hit?  Absolutely. Will it make sense for the enterprise as a collaboration and cloud content management solution?  Probably not, or at least not at first.

With the announcement of iOS 5 and iPhone 4S, we immediately got to work on making Box for iPhone and iPad even more compelling.  Our iOS development team has tripled in the last year and we have a bunch of exciting updates in the works. Starting today, you’ll be able to enable AirPlay Mirroring from Box on the new iPhone 4GS, with other cool features coming in the next few weeks.

Analysts estimate that Apple will ship over 60 million iPhones and 30 million iPads this year alone, and many of these devices will make their way into the workplace, sanctioned or otherwise. But with iCloud focused on solving consumers’ synchronization challenge, how do we address the productivity and collaboration needs of mobile workers?

In fact, we’re so excited about the new iPhone and operating system, that we’re giving all iOS users 50GB of free space. Users just download the new version of our app or update their existing app to get their 50GB. The promotion lasts 50 days, but the free cloud storage lasts the lifetime of the account.  We hope you’ll see how powerful it is to have all of your critical business content available, at your fingertips, anytime and anywhere – and without ever having to worry about storage limitations.

All of our focus, determination, and efforts go into building the simplest, yet most scalable solution for sharing, managing, and accessing content from anywhere.  And we do mean anywhere.  In addition to our continued iOS offerings, we’ve launched all new versions of our Android app, released for the Android Tablet as well as an HTML5 version of our mobile web app, leading Forrester to name us #1 in mobile collaboration.  And we’re still not done.

As I promised back in June, Box is laser-focused on supporting businesses by combining storage and sharing with the efficiencies of the cloud. We’re enabling organizations to manage and share their information across various platforms, securely, and with extreme ease.

This is the future of enterprise mobility. We’re insanely excited to be a part of the revolution.  Thank you again, Steve!

  • Clau

    Thanks Aaron for offering this free promotion. I really needed cause I travel a lot and hated to carry my laptop with me…….

    Charlie….

  • http://twitter.com/allanthunter Allan Hunter

    50GB! What’s not to like..

    • BoxFrustrated

      I’ll tell you what’s not to like: the face that it’s almost impossible to use, since uploading folders is impossible. it’s 50Gb of documents you save from the iPad. Great.

      • Jonathan

        I agree, it’s a handy backup next to my harddrive for all my family pictures, but the interface … Like you said: almost impossible to use.

        What do you mean by ‘from the iPad’? I’m uploading from my mac.

    • Pointless in Seattle

      How about an insanely small 25mb per file limit? Guess it is fine for small documents, but most of my decks won’t even come close. I suppose I will find some use for it, but not for backups and certainly not for any real usage. I can see why they offer 50gb, most people will never be able to even come close to that with such a limit on file size. I would rather pay a few bucks a month and get real functionality from the 50gb, then get a crappy one for free and be forced to pay $180 a year just for the privilege of using the space in a functional manner. It is a cute gimmick, but doesn’t come close to most of the options out there, free or not.

    • An Average Redditor

      You have to pay for the desktop client, only 100mb file limit. Those might be minor disadvantages.

  • Anonymous

    What is your real motive? given that there are only positive comments so far, are you moderating the ones that aren’t?

    • Mark Saldana

      We don’t delete comments unless they’re spam or vulgar. Open discussion is welcomed!

      -Mark

  • Richard

    learn to use the chrome plugin, people!

  • Richard

    learn to use the chrome plugin, people!

    • Macle

      an the name of the plugin?

  • http://twitter.com/Shiftr Ivan Kandi

    Does this also apply for an existing customer? Did what was told butI don’t see the extra gigs yet.

  • Bias Voltage

    I’m kind of liking this! I was a DropBox user. But I couldn’t upload folders. Now I can! (it’s called bulk upload). That’s a bigee. Yea, the 100 mb size limit is a bit of a pain. But if you search for documents that are more than that..not too many. And I can zip most of them and squeeze them in. Heck, I don’t know what their motivation is but I’m linking it!

    • Anonymous

      You can easily upload folders to dropbox using their desktop app. Just put a copy of what you want in your dropbox sync’ed folder and it starts uploading entire folder trees.

  • FreebieLover

    I’m having no trouble with the interface. Fast file uploads from my Mac too, and the collaboration features are great in a personal account. Will it meet what everyone needs? No, but for free it makes a lot of people’s lives a little simpler by having some real space to work with. Dropbox still has its uses, but you definitely got my attention. Thanks box.net

  • Shanes

    Can you please explain the security for the free account? I cannot see any details unless the plan is Business or Enterprise – thanks…

  • Rob

    Pages files uploaded from the iPad CANNOT be opened from Box.net. I get an error. That makes this kind of useless to me

  • Rob

    Pages files uploaded from the iPad CANNOT be opened from Box.net. I get an error. That makes this kind of useless to me

  • Gabriel

    my android cries ;(

  • nmarti

    I’m an old MobileMe subscriber. Apple will discontinue the MobileMe services (gallery and iDisk) in june 2012, and I think that box.net, with the 50gb, is a GREAT substitute for iDisk. It is not a choice between iCloud or box, the 2 services work great together and are complementary.

    Thanks for the 50 GB!

  • sigpibro

    They are giving it away to attempt to get users hooked on the $15 per user per month fee for getting PC desktop syncing. I may have less space on dropbox but it doesn’t cost me extra unless I want more space to sync my documents from my desktop. Thanks but no thanks!

    • JF

      Yes, syncing from desktop would be a killer feature, but 15 bucks is too much for it.

  • SadAndroid

    I love Box. I really do. I just don’t understand why this promotion only applies to iOS customers. Are iOS users being rewarded with 50 GB just because Apple decided to release a new operating system?

    I just feel like if you’re gonna have a promotion, have it apply to your entire audience and not just a select demographic.

    I know I’m a whiner, but I just feel left out :(

  • Vic H

    Box.net and the iPad work well together. I also use a 2011 MacBook Pro after a college kid severly damaged my Windows lap top by tripping over the power cord.

    Android users should be well aware by now that that they are the windows users of the mobile world, a lot of pain and disappointment trying to match what you get from Apple and Apple partners.

    IMHO Box.net out did Apple’s iCloud by a country mile and then some.

  • ree

    Please make box app enable for uploading file. At least for images and video. Kind of useless if you got 50GB on iOS device but you couldn’t upload anything from it. Next app update maybe?

  • Godaii

    It’s disaapointing that non ios users are offered only 10% of what ios users are being offered. I hope this changes!

  • A Critic

    4GS?

  • Chrischan

    I’ve had box for a while, but I never saw this promotion until today. I never used box since the storage limit was so small. But if I could get the 50GB that they offered here, I’d use it. I think they should have alerted me to this promo.