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March 8, 2017

Box & IBM to open new UK data centre cloud storage Box Zone

IBM and Box have announced a new Box Zone coming to the UK in Spring 2017.

By Joe Clark

Box has announced a new Box Zone, utilising the IBM Cloud, the Zone will be coming to the UK this year.

Box’s data storage solution will be expanding its services to the UK by Spring 2017, for an additional fee. The partnership with IBM will also benefit zones in the US, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Canada.

The global cloud partnership with IBM is designed to help businesses control their local data storage by centralising content within specific regions to comply with both regulatory and compliance reasons. The UK Box Zone will be based in London and backed up in Frankfurt.

Box Zone

Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box, said: “We’re seeing significant demand for Box Zones from customers in Europe who want greater flexibility over where their data is stored. As international regulations and demands continue to become more complex, our ability to help enterprises move to the cloud and simplify their content management strategy is incredibly valuable.”

“With Box Zones we’re able to serve a much larger international customer base, including reaching organizations in the most security-conscious industries.”

Currently Box is certified by Binding Corporate Rules, Privacy Shield, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Cross-Border Privacy Rules and others, meaning that companies can now confidently store data and avoid any regulatory issues.

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Box and IBM entered into the partnership in June of 2015 and last year the two companies announced Box Relay which enables businesses to automate routine work and everyday processes in the cloud.

John Morris, general manager, Cloud Object Storage, IBM, said: “Today’s announcement continues to deepen the strong collaboration between IBM and Box in Europe, with IBM Cloud powering the first implementation of Box Zones in the UK.”

“Using Box Zones, businesses will soon have the ability to tap into IBM’s global network of cloud data centers to store their data in-country with Box Zones — whether for performance, regulatory or security reasons.”

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