A few weeks ago at BoxWorks 2017, Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, joined our CEO Aaron Levie to announce some exciting news: Box using Azure will be generally available in November. The day has come!

What is Box using Azure?

Box using Azure is the first product milestone in the expanded partnership between Box and Microsoft. Now customers can benefit from combining Box’s cloud content management platform with Microsoft’s global-scale Azure cloud platform, to:

  • Simplify, cross-company collaborative processes between employees and external stakeholders.
  • Securely manage content for the enterprise, with integrations for 1,400 best-of-breed SaaS apps, including Office 365 apps, while allowing users to work in their familiar productivity and line-of-business tools.
  • Bring Box cloud content management capabilities to their own custom applications that deliver new digital content experiences and streamline business processes for their employees, customers and partners.

Today thousands of businesses get work done using Box with Microsoft Office 365 including the new Microsoft Teams. This new integration with Azure is another step toward delivering a great user experience for our customers using Box with the Microsoft stack.

“Flex has successfully been using Box as our primary platform for digital content sharing, storage and collaboration globally. We also use Microsoft Azure as one of our cloud computing services for our global IT infrastructure,” said Gus Shahin, CIO of Flex. “We look forward to seeing how Box and Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services work together to deploy next generation A.I. and machine learning capabilities.”

What’s coming next?

Microsoft and Box engineering teams are working hard to build out even more capabilities over the coming months, such as:

  • Powering Box content with intelligent capabilities from Microsoft Cognitive Services, that enable customers to automatically identify and categorize content, trigger workflows and tasks and make content more discoverable for users.
  • Leveraging Azure’s broad global footprint to meet data sovereignty requirements and ensure compliance with industry regulations or corporate policies.

“The integration of Box and Azure services is a welcome development for our digital transformation journey as a company. This can help deliver a more streamlined approach to our content management and ensures that Schneider Electric employees can securely and quickly work together and with customers and partners in a much more productive way, adding more value to our use of Box and Microsoft solutions,” said Herve Coureil, Chief Digital Officer, Schneider Electric.

Box using Azure is currently available with content storage in US data centers. Box add-on packages can be used with Box using Azure, including: information governance to meet all your organization’s security requirements and compliance standards, customer-managed encryption keys to take ownership over your encryption keys, and workflow automation to streamline business processes.

How do I get started?

If you’re interested in Box using Azure, learn more or get in touch with Box Sales.

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