Enterprise cloud company Box has announced today that it’s adding Microsoft Azure as a strategic cloud provider. Microsoft is already an important partner for Box, as the company previously integrated its cloud storage service with Office 365 and even Microsoft Teams. However, Box co-founder Aaron Levie explained that this new alliance is meant to combine Box services with Microsoft’s intelligent cloud.
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 U.S. to our Box Zones solution for in-region storage on Azure’s trusted global footprint. From leveraging Azure’s footprint of 40 data-centers world-wide to help customers keep their data stored in-region to taking advantage of Azure’s AI technologies – like video recognition – we’re also incredibly thrilled to be exploring other innovations for customers.
Levie also announced today that both Box and Microsoft will co-market the new Box with Azure for joint customers over the coming quarters. “The days of closed IT architectures and data lock-in are over, and we couldn’t be happier that we’re moving to a new era of enterprise software,” he added.