Another proof that they were thinking seriously when they said they would significantly expand their markets, Box launched a new technology that is intended to improve the upload speed to the service – Box Accelerator.
Box Accelerator goes live today but the company has been officially testing it with 50% of its users in previous period. The tests were carried out by a neutral third-party testing provider Neustar to confirm the improvements. The tests have shown that the average speed of file upload was 7MB per second which is 2.7 times faster than its closest cloud competitor globally. Box’s service is now much faster than both Dropbox and Google Drive which can be considered its competitors even if they don’t compete in exactly the same market.
With the Accelerator, Box plans to further improve enterprise-grade global data transfer network. They set up nine construction nodes on different locations in the world where their service is used: Amsterdam (for Europe), Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore (Asia), Sao Paolo (South America) and Sidney (Australia). As for US, they located Accelerator in Northwest, Midwest and the East Coast which is supposed to adequately cover the whole region.
Speed of document upload and download is often considered to be a major issue in cloud services, especially when it comes to enterprise setting where the data tend to be very big. Besides this, corporate data often has to travel internationally where there is a great possibility that transfer would be slowed down by bandwidth. Therefore this improvement may cement Box as an actual cloud storage leader among businesses worldwide.
According to their blog post, Accelerator is only one in the series of announcements that Box plans to make in the following period. Their final goal is to essentially change the way people work and collaborate, which they already partly achieved. Box is very often praised for its collaboration features and the fact that the service is highly adjusted to business users, improving their work experience.