See All Cloud Storage

Box for Business

Est. $15 per user per month for 1 TB
Reviewed
May 2014
by ConsumerSearch

Best cloud storage for small business

Pros
  • Generous 1 TB storage plan
  • Excellent collaboration and app options
  • Document editing and user management controls
Cons
  • No free storage
  • Not compatible with Linux

Bottom line

Box for Business offers more than just storage by making sharing and editing files easy for small businesses. The service lets you edit and easily share documents on desktop or mobile devices and will automatically save changes in the cloud, even if they're made on a hard drive. While there's no free storage, at $15 per user per month for 1 TB, their prices aren't unreasonable.

Ease of use

A leader in cloud business storage. Founded in 2005, Box is one of the more established and well-known cloud storage service providers; its clients include over 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies. The company carved out its niche in the enterprise market, and its tiered and tailored plans are a boon to small businesses, reviewers say. Box for Business offers a multitude of features, apps and ample storage -- its breadth and depth are both the service's strength and weakness. Box is more about collaboration than storage, allowing small businesses to work on documents together in the cloud or on their computers. As a result, the service offers much more than just storage and is slightly more complex than competitors such as Dropbox for Business (Est. $15 per user per month with a minimum of five users; unlimited storage) or Microsoft OneDrive for Business (Est. $2.50 per user per month for 25 GB per user; 20 cents for each additional GB).

Features

Collaboration and syncing, even on hard drives. Requiring at least three registered users, Box for Business is a good choice for small businesses because its tools enable teams to work on documents both in the cloud and offline. In addition to allowing editing and saving in apps' third-party programs like Microsoft Office in the cloud, users can also amend documents on their hard drives and still have the changes synced to the cloud. Box for Business offers mobile access (by sending a link to the cloud file), apps for many platforms (including one tailored for Windows 8) and full-text search. You can also lock files or restrict who can access or edit a document, and up to 50 previous versions are stored.

Plans

Three choices for businesses. Box for Business is priced at $15 per user per month, and allows collaboration and management of documents. At least three users must be signed up, so small businesses should budget at least $45 a month, for 1 TB of storage; individual files can't exceed 5 GB. For smaller groups, the Starter plan (Est. $5 per user per month) offers 100 GB of storage and a 2 GB maximum for individual files. It can be used for one to 10 users, but doesn't offer as many perks as the Box for Business plan, like user management. The Enterprise plan (Est. $35 per user per month) provides unlimited storage for files up to 5 GB, along with more features like security reporting and mobile security controls.

Our Sources

1. Infoworld.com

InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp strongly endorses Box for Business in this in-depth comparative review of business cloud storage services. Box earns a score of 8.7 out of 10 and gets high marks for ease of use, security and management, third-party integrations, value and more.

Review: Review: Box Beats Dropbox -- and All the Rest -- for Business, Serdar Yegulalp, Nov. 6, 2013

2. CNET

CNET's Sarah Mitroff names Box a great choice for teamwork and collaboration because of its privacy controls and features like assigning tasks, sharing files with colleagues and leaving comments. Mitroff maintains that Box might be too overwhelming for an individual user, however.

Review: OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which Cloud Storage Service Is Right for You?, Sarah Mitroff, March 13, 2014

3. ZDNet.com

Box's Windows Phone- and Windows 8-compatable apps, its collaborative features and integration with Microsoft Office make it a top choice of ZDNet in this short comparative review of leading business cloud storage services.

Review: Eight Business-class Alternatives to Dropbox, Ed Bott, April 17, 2014

4. TechRadar.com

TechRadar.com calls Box "the Dropbox of the enterprise" in reference to the company's leadership in business cloud storage solutions. TechRadar.com praises Box's features, such as user permissions and easy file-sharing, but they doesn't outright endorse or rank Box or any other cloud storage service.

Review: Cloud Collaboration Services: The Top 10 for SMBs, Kane Fulton, Oct. 29, 2013

5. Cloud Pro

Box for Business is awarded 4 out of 5 stars. Stuart Andrews maintains that "Box is setting the pace" for business cloud storage by offering outstanding features like locking files and providing mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.

Review: Box for Business Review, Stuart Andrews, March 28, 2014

6. Forbes

Box is Cheryl Conner's pick in this short write-up for small and enterprise businesses thanks to its apps and support for enterprise.

Review: Free Cloud Storage for Entrepreneurs: Top 6 Picks, Cheryl Conner, April 12, 2014

7. Small Business Computing.com

Box is listed among the best online storage services for small businesses; it's unique because of its collaborative focus and ability to search for text in files. Its features, along with nine other cloud storage services, are described in just a few sentences each, however.

Review: 10 Top Cloud Storage Services for SMBs, Joe Moran, April 25, 2013

Cloud Storage Runners Up:

SugarSync Est. $7.50 per month for 60 GB

9 picks including: CNET, PCMag.com…

Carbonite Est. $60 per year for unlimited storage

7 picks including: About.com, PCMag.com…

Copy 15 GB free; $10 per month for 250 GB

6 picks including: CNET, Network World.com…

Crashplan Unlimited Est. $6 per month for unlimited storage

5 picks including: About.com, Macworld…

Back to top