Cloud-storage specialist Box (NYSE: BOX) is teaming up with Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) division Google Cloud to help their clients get more work done outside the traditional office environment.
The two companies have offered integrated packages with Google's G Suite tools and Box's eponymous storage solutions since the fall of 2018. The Box for G Suite package allowed users of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to manage their document storage in Box. Box added universal access settings and privacy controls later on, and new features have made it easier to move files back and forth between the Box and Google Cloud storage environments.
On Thursday, Google Cloud and Box expanded their partnership again. Box's storage-focused data centers in Nevada will lean on Google Cloud's global infrastructure to a larger degree. Google Cloud's artificial intelligence tools will help Box users move data from documents to databases and data analysis systems, and the two companies now offer identity management and single sign-on functions together.
The new features will be available to joint Box and Google Cloud customers by the fourth quarter at no additional charge.
Seamless integration is a key selling point for Box. The company also offers tight collaboration with cloud services from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and IBM (NYSE: IBM), among more than 1,500 Box-friendly business apps.
"Google Cloud is an incredibly important partner as we innovate and scale to bring secure collaboration to our customers globally," said Box CEO Aaron Levie. "We're excited to continue making the combination of Box and G Suite as intuitive and seamless as possible for our customers."
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