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Overview

Box is a modern content management platform that allows users to manage assets and approval workflows in one place

ownCloud is an open source enterprise file sharing platform designed to provide users with secure access to company files...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from
$5.00/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$3600.00/yr.year
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

1,972

1,234

408

91

54

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
96%
would recommend this app

4.2

(34)

5

4

3

2

1

16

11

5

1

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
85%
would recommend this app

Pros

Box was provided to all UT Design students, and it is a lifesaver, being able to access all files from any network made Box an amazing program to use.
It is a good software that will help you have all your data in one place. The locking mechanism for files which is used while collaborating with other people is something that I like the most.
There are options to extend your storage which obviously costs some bucks but I am a free user so i liked the service despite it being free. The customer support is awesome.

Pros

I highly recommend this platform to all enterprises which are looking for a good solution to their document storage.
Owncloud served us well, was very stable and reliable and packed with functionality - highly recommended especially for commercial applications.
Overall the product is good, and a number of addons provide good expanded integration and functionality.

Cons

The Search functionality is so bad (doesn't work the way you think it should and rarely generates the results you're after) as to be almost useless.
Also recently I’ve received several error messages noting the some of my files could not be synced. Although this has only occurred with e or files, my concern is that it become a persistent problem.
It is very confusing thebnumber of versions of the same file you might get. There is no way you can see online the changes that are being made by somebody else.

Cons

One had to zip it before uploading which was a little time consuming. But for single files there was no such problem.
In big folders with a lot of files, this take a while and it use a lot of hard drive. So when your OS starts client will kill the HD until finishing the indexing of files.
Only saving data on your own cloud but no more features.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review12 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago

Key features

  • Total features49
  • API
  • Access Control
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Anti Virus
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Auditing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Review
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Commenting
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Data Migration
  • Data Synchronization
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Email Invitations & Reminders
  • File Management
  • File Transfer
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Metadata Management
  • Microsoft Outlook Integration
  • Offline Access
  • PCI DSS Compliance
  • Password Management
  • Permission Management
  • Policy Management
  • Preview Functionality
  • Prioritizing
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Notes
  • Project Planning
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Updates
  • Remote Access
  • Remote File Access
  • Retention Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Single Sign On
  • Software Development Kit
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integration
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Watermarking
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features32
  • API
  • Access Control
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Anti Virus
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Auditing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Review
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Commenting
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Data Migration
  • Data Synchronization
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Email Invitations & Reminders
  • File Management
  • File Transfer
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Metadata Management
  • Microsoft Outlook Integration
  • Offline Access
  • PCI DSS Compliance
  • Password Management
  • Permission Management
  • Policy Management
  • Preview Functionality
  • Prioritizing
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Notes
  • Project Planning
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Updates
  • Remote Access
  • Remote File Access
  • Retention Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Single Sign On
  • Software Development Kit
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integration
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Watermarking
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations456
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Twitter
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations13
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Twitter
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk

Security

  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation
  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Box

A good alternative to the government monitored dropbox.

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

I start using box since a branch from the Government has their files in Box, so we started communicating ans sharing users and links with them. We have most in owncloud and some in dropbox. Supremely the bandwidth for box in Argentina worked way better than dropbox. It has same functions as dropbox, at least what we uses looks the same.

Cons

For now on what we use we dont find any cons. We just installed clients, logged users and start sharing files, Bandwidth from argentina of Box seems to be way better than dropbox.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ownCloud

OwnCloud instead of DropBox

Reviewed a month ago

Besides being a "better DropBox", OwnCloud has the ability to use plugins. It has a MarketPlace where you can search for various types of plugins. Most of the plugins are free too.

Pros

OwnCloud is wonderful. It runs on your own server so the only limitations to the amount of storage space you have is the amount of disk space on your server. You can create public links with or without password protection, and you can schedule the link to automatically deactivate. You can have as many synchronized folders as you want (not just one like DropBox). You can share each of these folders with different people or groups, and you have full control over the type of access: read only, write only (drop box), or read/write. Best of all, OwnCloud is an open-source product and it's all absolutely free.

Cons

OwnCloud has an automatic update feature but I've had it fail more times than I've had it succeed. It's not all that hard to upgrade manually, but an automatic update would be much much nicer.

Box vs. ownCloud

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