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Internet2 and Box Bring Cloud Services To Universities Nationwide

Posted on Oct 04, 2011 by Doug Howell
Tags: Box, Cloud Services & Applications, Collaboration, imported, Internet2 NET+, Products & Services, Tools & Collaboration

Early adopters include Cornell, Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, and UC Berkeley

Raleigh, N.C.—Oct. 4, 2011—Internet2, the world's most advanced networking consortium, and Box today announced a partnership to provide Box's cloud content management platform to college campuses throughout the country. Cornell University; Indiana University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Michigan; University of Notre Dame; and other early adopters already are actively piloting the offering. The organizations made the announcement at today's Internet2 2011 Fall Member Meeting.

Internet2 higher education members who also are InCommon subscribers will be able to sign up for a full-service, customized Box offering in early 2012. Members will be able to add the new offering as part of their existing annual membership agreement for an additional fee. Box's service will:

  • Enable users to securely share, store and collaborate on content
  • Provide storage and mobile device access and support
  • Offer IT an easy-to-use administrative interface for reporting andmanaging content on Box
  • Assist in university efforts to protect information and ensure the privacy ofpersonal data.

“Box will provide Internet2 members the ability to securely access, store and share content from anywhere, with anyone, anytime on any device at an affordable price. This is a unique offer for our members,“ said Dave Lambert, President and CEO, Internet2. “Internet2 will contract, and co-develop the offering to make it seamless and integrate it with our InCommon security and privacy service to meet the expanding needs of higher education.”

“Today's college students, faculty and staff expect the absolute best technology to help them succeed, yet many of the web services available on campus are out of date and difficult to use,” said Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder of Box. “We launched Box from our dorm rooms because we were frustrated with the limited tools available at the time. Now, through our partnership with Internet2, universities around the nation have a simple cloud-based solution that is secure, easy to use and allows users to access and manage their information.”

Box's cloud offering is part of the Internet2 NET+ Services program to provide “above the network” services to Internet2 member organizations, including higher education, government, and industry. The new services will create a platform tailored to the needs of the Internet2 community, will be cost and administratively effective, and will leverage Internet2's 100G network and InCommon identity management services.

About Internet2

Internet2, owned by U.S. research universities, is the world's most advanced networking consortium for global researchers and scientists who develop breakthrough Internet technologies and applications, and spark tomorrow's essential innovations. Internet2 consists of more than 450 U.S. universities; corporations; government agencies; laboratories; higher learning; and other major national, regional and state research and education networks; and organizations representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 and InCommon are registered trademarks. To discover more about Internet2, please go to www.internet2.edu

About Box

Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone and Android applications, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Box is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners. To learn more about Box, please visit www.box.net

Media contacts:

Todd Sedmak
Internet2
202-331-5373
or 804-497-0282
Todd@Internet2.edu

Cari Goodrich
Box.net
650-433-3778
Cari@box.net