Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Hot ESG Report: Box Chills the Competition as the “One to Beat” in Online Collaboration


Exciting news – Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has named Box the leading enterprise-class solution in the file sharing and collaboration market. In the report, ESG analysts Terri McClure and Kristine Kao discuss trends that are shaping this emerging market: End users want a seamless experience going from their work computers to smartphones or tablets and, above all, need their business content to be available and accessible wherever they are. At the same time, IT wants to offer a better end user experience while maintaining control, transparency and manageability over users and corporate information. Striking a balance between IT and end users is proving to be one of the drivers in the fast-growing file sharing and collaboration segment of the Saas market.

The report evaluates eight leading vendors that are on the buyers’ radar, like Box, Dropbox, Egnyte, Nomadesk, ShareFile, SugarSync, Syncplicity and YouSendIt. It’s a pretty diverse mix of companies, with some that are already well-known by IT, and others that have been pulled into the enterprise by end users. Among this group, Box stands out for providing the best of the both worlds: Security and admin controls that IT pros demand, along with the ease-of-use and features end users love.

ESG notes that “Box seems to be the one to beat in the business market. When it comes to more sophisticated collaboration features, enterprise focus, security, administration and application integration, Box currently has an advantage over its peers.” I certainly won’t disagree with that :).

For your reading pleasure, we’ve posted the full report that takes an in-depth look at the eight vendors’ capabilities:

  1. Advanced collaborative features that go beyond file sharing & sync
  2. Data Center Infrastructure and Support (e.g., SLAs and dedicated client services etc.)
  3. Ease of Administration and manageability
  4. Security and Availability features

Read it today and let us know what you think in the comments below. This is the first in a series by ESG about this space with more to come – I’m sure other analysts will have their own take on the enterprise sharing and collaboration market in 2012.  This market is heating up, and I’m very excited to be a part of it.

Just click here to download the report. 


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  • http://ajleon.me ajleon

    This is too cool! Congrats!

    • http://twitter.com/jurton jurton

      Thanks. We are super excited by this recognition by the analyst community.

  • Jeff

    This may not be the ideal forum, but can you tell me about Box’s security policies? I was dismayed to read how easily Dropbox might hand over data. Like many people, I want my data secure and private for obvious reasons not the least of which is that I host our company’s trade secrets online. I am sure that I am not alone in this boat. So my questions: can the employee’s at Box.net access my files and view them? If no, why is that? Is it because of policy or is there some massive technical barrier. I am thinking of how Geek Squad used to laugh all day long at the contents of consumer pcs when brought in for repair. It is one thing to laugh at funny pictures of families (no matter how wrong it may be), but quite another to access a list of accounts and passwords and business process management documentation that took years and millions to refine. Secondly, what is Box’s policy regarding privacy and requests from government agencies? Do all clients get informed when a request is made by an agency? And for anyone reading this who thinks that only the guilty are subject to government action, you need to think again. The recent raids on Amish milk producers should be a massive wake-up call that you are merely a subject and not an individual to do as you please so long as it is peaceful and voluntary.

    • http://twitter.com/jurton jurton

      Hi, Jeff. Can you ping me at joely@box.com and I’ll be sure to send you our security overview as well as put you in touch with folks who can answer your specific questions about data accessibility and security controls and policies around that. We take security of our customers’ data very seriously.

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    dont get it??? <3

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2TIU4JDKHSOWN32PRRV4LC2DPQ Jack

    Good thing this report came out before you had an outage today.

    • SharonNeedles

      “Hot” … this report came out in 2011…

      • JK321

        A 2011 report in cloud storage industry where a new cloud startup opens every week is ridiculous.
        So forget about 2011, I can say how the chart is going to look in 2013: Dropbox in above chart will extend horizontally and vertically and kick out everyone else.

        You boast of enterprise features but do they really work or do you just post them to garner attention in such reports?

        When people say “Dropbox just works”, they say it because of their amazing experience.
        You need to have your users say same thing about you which will be more valuable than such abstract reports.