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Community Collaboration Provides Unlimited Storage Enhancement to NET+ Box Program

Jul 23, 2015, by Andrew Keating
Tags: Box, Community, Internet2 NET+

Thanks to higher education and cloud service provider collaboration through Internet2 NET+, one of the first services developed by the higher education community via NET+ continues to evolve nearly three years after its launch. Through the work of the NET+ Box Advisory Board, Box and member campuses completed an enhancement to the program that enables all current and future subscribers to receive unlimited storage.

See six Internet2 member institutions discuss the success of tailoring the Box platform through NET+ to drive collaboration on campus and across higher education
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When launched, enterprise-wide storage caps had been a feature of the NET+ Box program to ensure reliability of the new service and manage growth effectively—but a future of unlimited storage was always the goal, and a key part of the Box service roadmap informed by member campuses. 

Several years' worth of utilization data from the early adopter campuses that implemented the service first demonstrated convincingly that NET+ Box was being used widely for collaboration without requiring any campuses to purchase expensive additional storage. In fact, many universities observed in common use case scenarios such as a faculty member sharing content with students in a large lecture course, that the actual storage used was relatively low while the collaboration and activity on the platform was high.

Simultaneously, end users with use cases that did involve larger quantities of data, such as departments decommissioning legacy file servers or researchers with extensive data sets collaborating across institutions, found the quotas limited their usage and left them stuck between using less secure cloud solutions that did not offer the enterprise collaboration features they needed or reducing or monitoring their data storage in Box.

Box responded to the Advisory Board campuses' request with an updated NET+ Box program offering that removed the enterprise storage allocation limits and now offers unlimited storage to all participating campuses for the same base subscription price. Many of the existing NET+ Box campuses have signed their contract amendments and are rolling out to their end users, utilizing a quota updating tool developed by several campuses.

In the coming months the Advisory Board plans to continue assessing features, functionality, and enhancements to the NET+ Box programs and welcomes feedback and suggestions from the campuses currently deploying the service as well as others in the community interested in participating. 

Existing NET+ Box subscribing campuses should contact netplus@internet2.edu for more information on how they can update to the new unlimited storage offering.

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