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Box Introduces the Box Partner Network, Announces Record Growth for 2012

New Alliance Partners, Global Channel Program and Platform Momentum to Drive Massive Growth in 2013

LOS ALTOS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/13 -- Building on sales growth of nearly 150 percent in 2012, Box today introduced the Box Partner Network, an ecosystem of strategic alliance, channel and platform partners that will further extend Box's cloud content and collaboration service into new markets and power the company's expansion in 2013.

"We are witnessing a once in a generation transition -- post-PC devices and cloud applications are profoundly changing both the ways people work and how businesses buy and deploy technology, and it's happening faster than anyone could have predicted," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. "Content and collaboration sit at the heart of almost every business process. With our growing network of partners and developers, Box has a huge opportunity to help businesses navigate this massive shift."

The introduction of the Box Partner Network follows Box's most successful year to date, with several major customer wins, including global leaders Discovery Communications, Electronic Arts, Johnson Lambert LLP, McCann Worldgroup, MGM Resorts International, MRM, NBC Sports, Netflix, Nationwide, Sony Music, Sunbelt Rentals, and Random House, Inc. Box also saw impressive adoption and growth in a variety of vertical industries. Sales in construction and engineering services grew 103 percent, education grew 119 percent, manufacturing grew 233 percent and media and entertainment grew 200 percent.

"With Box, our global teams can easily collaborate and securely share information on any device, which is imperative in the client delivery space," said Michel Sergio, EVP and Director of Global Client Operations, MRM. "Box's platform is also very flexible with open APIs that are attracting powerful 3rd party applications, so that people can work in their preferred environment and in a way that feels natural for them."

New Software Partners, Box Channel Program & Box Platform

The Box Partner Network is comprised of Box's strategic alliances (which includes technical integrations), the Box Channel Program, and the Box Platform and API.

Box's strategic alliance partners include several global technology leaders, independent software vendors and systems integrators. Today, Box welcomed Autodesk, AtTask, Fonality, Marketo, CollabNet, Clarizen, TIBCO, Tidemark and Xero. Five new partners, including CollabNet, Clarizen, Fonality, TIBCO's tibbr and Tidemark will leverage Box Embed, an HTML5 framework, first introduced in October 2012, to make it simple to integrate the complete Box content and collaboration experience into best of breed applications. These five partners join Box's ten inaugural Embed partners announced at BoxWorks 2012. Autodesk, AtTask, Marketo and Xero will all integrate directly with the Box Platform.

The Box Channel Program has signed 50 resellers globally in the last four months, in addition to announcing a new North American distribution relationship with Ingram Micro Inc., the world's largest technology distributor. Other key partners include CDW, Ahead, Insight, Forsythe and SoftChoice.

Box's channel program leads the cloud SaaS market in benefits and compensation for resellers, offering industry leading recurring revenue terms, rich training and market development funding, and deal registration. The program is built on flexible partnership models, where partners can select the Box relationship that works best for them. For example, partners can choose to refer leads to Box and earn a commission for the first-year contract. Or they can resell Box and earn revenue for the life of an account.

The Box Platform also had a record year in 2012. More than 17,000 developers are building custom apps and integrating with the platform. Additionally, Box more than doubled the number of apps available in the Box app store and ended the year with more than 300 OneCloud applications across iOS and Android. Further, the number of weekly users accessing third party applications through Box OneCloud grew by more than 200 percent, placing Box at the center of a tidal wave of growth in productivity applications optimized for post-PC devices.

For more information on becoming a Box partner and/or developer, please visit:

About Box
Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone applications, among others, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Today, more than 15 million people and 150,000 businesses worldwide use Box. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is privately held and backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners, and strategic investors salesforce.com and SAP. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.

ADDENDUM: Strategic Alliance and Channel Partner Quotes

Channel Partners:
CDW
"Businesses everywhere are adopting new, cloud-based tools that make it incredibly easy to access, share and collaborate from any device, regardless of location," said Matt Troka, senior vice president, product and partner management of CDW. "Box is a transformational service that we're excited to offer to our customers, in both the private and public sectors, looking to bring the cloud to their workforce in order to achieve business goals and better serve customers."

Ingram Micro
"We are pleased to add Box to the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace's growing portfolio of cloud products, solutions and services," said Paul Hoffmann, senior director of cloud & technology solutions in the Ingram Micro Services Division. "Demand for an easy to use collaboration solution is growing and Box's cloud content management solution provides our channel partners with a productivity solution that the market is embracing."

Softchoice
"Box is allowing us to capitalize on the exploding market for cloud content management by providing our clients with access to a powerful solution that is easy to deploy and easy to use," said Mike Kane, director of business development for Softchoice. "We are very excited to offer Box through the Softchoice Cloud Portal, making it simple for organizations to acquire industry-leading SaaS applications along with the tools to manage them securely across the enterprise."

Alliance Partners:
Autodesk
"Autodesk is the leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, with nearly 15 million customers accessing the Autodesk 360 cloud platform to do things they couldn't do before," said Scott Reese, vice president of cloud services at Autodesk. "Our collaboration with Box supports our vision for helping customers view, edit and share design files anywhere, anytime and with anyone via Autodesk 360."

Clarizen
"The cloud revolution has unleashed the power of partnerships. End-users have come to enjoy the ability to utilize multiple software from the same workplace application to accomplish their daily goals," said Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO of Clarizen. "The integration allows both Clarizen and Box customers to manage 'The Work Funnel' by communicating around shared files within the context of work processes. This approach keeps end-users organized and collaboration at its highest potential for increased output."

CollabNet
"Partnering with Box will allow software organizations to integrate file storage and collaboration within cloud and on-premise software development processes, while complying with the security and reliability needs of the enterprise," said Guy Marion, vice president & general manager of CollabNet Cloud Services. "The availability of Box within our CloudForge development platform will help enterprise IT organizations adopt cloud-based strategies that improve efficiencies and collaboration."

Fonality
"With Box embedded into the Fonality web client, our users have direct access to their Box accounts while they interact in real-time using Fonality business communication tools such as voice, chat and screen sharing," said David Scult, CEO at Fonality. "Being able to reference, edit and share documents during phone calls and conferences improves the conversation and leads to faster decision-making."

Tibco/tibbr
"Enterprise social platforms are increasingly becoming a vital part of the way businesses help their employees get work done, from better team communication to accessing relevant documents," said Ram Menon, president, social computing, TIBCO. "With this new partnership, tibbr customers can now discover Box through our Marketplace and quickly access Box documents straight from their tibbr feed, helping fulfill our vision to enable businesses to collaborate smarter. "

Tidemark
"Sharing information in the context of your business processes is the key to understanding the big picture of your company's performance," said Christian Gheorghe, founder and CEO of Tidemark. "Our native integration with Box's secure, centralized, and collaborative solution allows our customers to not only understand, but take action in the context of their financial and operational data for better performance management."

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