LOS ANGELES: Box has announced a partnership with Cisco that will see the two firms work together on the development of collaboration and content services.
The first fruit of this partnership is Cisco's new Project Squared app, available for iOS, Android and on the web, which allows users to share files directly from the Box platform.
The two companies said they will work together to ensure that future collaboration services and features developed by Cisco incorporate Box's services where relevant, and vice versa.
Speaking to delegates at the Cisco Connect event, Box CEO Aaron Levie said the partnership was key for his company.
"By integrating cloud content management and conferencing and collaboration tools we are able to bring two best-of-breed technologies together," he said, citing the Project Squared app as an example of this.
Rowan Trollope, senior vice president of the Cisco Collaboration Technology Group, told the audience at Cisco Connect that the partnership would yield more products in due course.
"The engineering teams have been working together for some time. We didn't bring any of our next-generation stuff [to this event] but people should stay tuned."
The partnership is the latest move by Box designed to help it cement its position in the online storage and collaboration space. Earlier this year, it signed a deal with Microsoft to integrate its services with Microsoft's Office 2013 suite of products, and announced unlimited storage for enterprise customers.
Microsoft, in turn, is loosening its grip on its products, having also signed a deal with Dropbox to allow users of its Office suite to share files from Dropbox, as the collaboration market becomes increasingly open.
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