Box has revealed that it now has 45,000 firms using its products, equating to 34 million end users, as the company looks to develop the business for its next 10 years of growth.
Box touted the numbers at the annual Box World Tour event in London, where the company also revealed that it has recently signed the University of Dundee and Lancaster University as new UK customers.
The University of Dundee has agreed a 25,000-user deal for staff and students to use Box’s cloud storage and collaboration service. Lancaster University has signed a 18,000-user deal, also for students and staff, in an effort to improve efficiencies at the institution.
“Box was exactly what we needed to enable greater collaboration among our staff and students, and it fits with our strategy of embracing the new age of digital transformation," said Paul Harness, director of information systems services at Lancaster University.
Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie said at the event that the firm’s focus for the future is to expand its tools to give people more capabilities to work on content being stored and shared in Box.
"It’s not just about sharing and storage anymore, but about how we can enrich that experience around the content, whatever the industry,” he explained.
Levie cited the acquisition of Verold as an example of this, as it will give people the ability to view and work on 3D graphics directly in Box. The firm also has designs on the media and video sectors.
Levie also mentioned Box's recently announced Developer Edition as another major focus as it will enable the company to grow its offerings in the future.
“Box can now be embedded seamlessly into the back end of any of those applications to drive new digital experiences, so you’re going to see us more as a platform company over time,” he said.
Finally, Levie said that Box intends to start opening data centres outside the US in the next 12 to 18 months, either by building its own sites or using third-party firms for its requirements.
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