Box has launched a Developer Edition of its platform, designed to help app makers create and distribute enterprise-ready products faster.
The edition lets developers embed Box services directly into their applications, rather than building their products on top of the platform as they previously had to.
Box director of platform engineering Heidi Williams unveiled the developer edition in a blog post and she said it will allow developers to take advantage of Box's existing enterprise services, and highlighted security as a key selling point for the new edition.
"We've built full text search, content encryption, advanced permissions, secure collaboration, and compliance - all the capabilities that you as a developer would have to build yourself when working with commodity cloud storage," she explained.
"We know first hand that without these capabilities in place, it's very difficult to sell to the enterprise. This means you can get to market faster with the security and scale the enterprise demands."
She added that developers using the product would retain control over their app's customer base and over all data being collected by their app.
"You own the users, the content, and the authentication and can bring a seamless user experience tailored to your customers," she said.
The Developer Edition is the latest move in a wider push to dominate the enterprise cloud storage market.
Security has been a key part of Box's enterprise growth strategy. Box released a beta Enterprise Key Management (EKM) encryption service for security-conscious customers in February in a bid to further improve its business credentials.
Competitor Dropbox has taken a similar approach with its efforts to boost enterprise uptake. Dropbox launched a bug bounty programme on 16 April to encourage researchers to pick holes in its products and improve their security.
The two companies' battle for control of the enterprise market comes during a reported "boom" in cloud spending. Researchers from IDC forecast cloud spending will hit a record $32bn in 2015 on 22 April.
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