Update 08/12/16: Users will “soon” be able to store data in-country. We’ve been told by Box that the company is waiting for Amazon’s Montreal severs to go live.
The online file sharing company Box has extended its operations to Canada and Australia this past week. Essentially, this allows companies to store data outside the United States.
After this feature, called Box Zones, was announced back in April, the first non-U.S. zones to be added were Germany, Ireland, Japan and Singapore. The purpose of this feature is to make it easier for companies outside the U.S. to comply with regulatory requirements on where their data is stored.
When it comes to data storage, different countries have regulations, making it a complex space for companies to navigate, reports Network World.
“As business becomes more global and connected, our goal is to ensure that secure collaboration with coworkers, partners and customers across boundaries is as seamless and fast as possible,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box in a statement sent to MobileSyrup.
“In fewer than three months, we’ve added two new locations to Box Zones and delivered a faster, more reliable experience to our customers with the new Box Accelerator. As regulations and compliance become more complex, we’re focused on making it simple for our customers to do epic work and accelerate growth across the globe,” Levie added.
This expansion means that businesses in Canada and Australia can take advantage of the data storage options provided through Box Zones and supported through partnerships with Amazon Web Services and IBM Cloud. Businesses in Canada and Australia will leverage the platform provided by Amazon Web Services.
“Expanding Box Zones to customers in Australia and Canada makes sense. These countries have advanced data protection laws, and Box Zones allows these customers to choose where their data is stored, whether for compliance or operational reasons,” said Duncan Brown, the research director at IDC.