Box Partners with Microsoft to Offer Storage on Azure Cloud

Cloud storage company Box has landed a partnership with Microsoft.

Through the partnership, Box and Microsoft will be jointly offering Box cloud content management using Azure services, and “working together to deliver solutions that help customers drive digital transformation,” according to Aaron Levie, Box’s chief executive.

“Since our founding, Box’s customers have relied on interoperability with Box and Microsoft solutions like Office, Windows, Outlook, and most recently the Office 365 suite with products like Office Online and Microsoft Teams,” noted Levie. “Our engineering teams are hard at work integrating Box with Azure, including exploring ways to integrate AI capabilities enabled by Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud and add Azure regions outside the US to our Box Zones solution for in-region storage on Azure’s trusted global footprint.”

Businesses will be able to purchase Box’s cloud content management platform while choosing to store their Box content on Azure. In addition, Box will explore integrating Azure’s Cognitive Services to extend the capabilities of Box’s cloud content management solution.

“Box shares our focus and commitment to empowering enterprises on their digital transformation journey,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Division. “With this new partnership, we ensure customers can take advantage of Box’s platform on Azure, and look forward to future innovations using Azure’s intelligent cloud services.”

Box wants to be “the most open and integrated cloud content management platform,” according to Levie, who says his job “is to ensure that customers can take advantage of the best that the cloud has to offer.”