Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Box
Ranking in Cloud Storage
9th
Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
39
Ranking in other categories
Enterprise Content Management (4th), Digital Asset Management (2nd), Document Management Software (1st), Content Collaboration Platforms (2nd)
Panzura
Ranking in Cloud Storage
11th
Average Rating
7.6
Number of Reviews
2
Ranking in other categories
File System Software (4th), NAS (11th), Cloud Storage Gateways (2nd)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Cloud Storage category, the mindshare of Box is 15.0%, up from 5.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Panzura is 13.1%, up from 7.7% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Cloud Storage
Unique Categories:
Enterprise Content Management
3.7%
Digital Asset Management
7.5%
File System Software
12.5%
NAS
3.0%
 

Featured Reviews

GA
Apr 4, 2024
You can assign multiple tasks to different people on the same document, which works seamlessly
One drawback is its permissions system, which has caused issues prompting our transition to SharePoint. The reporting functionality could be improved; currently, they utilize Excel for reporting purposes. Making API calls is challenging because API calls are necessary when moving data from Box to SharePoint. Payment is required beyond a certain threshold of API calls per user, which has been quite difficult. The support could be enhanced during the transition from Box to SharePoint. Box's pricing model is based on the number of API calls, with a cap applicable to all enterprises. This limitation has been an issue. There could be better reporting systems. For example, if something gets deleted, I need to go to the user activity to check who did it. Having a more efficient way to retrieve reports would be beneficial.
Anil Rahulwar - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 23, 2024
Offers features like Master Snapshot which are useful for recovering files and easy to use if you are familiar with familiar with NAS things and networking protocols
If you're considering Panzura, I'd actually recommend looking into DDN products. They're very stable. In fact, they're launching Infinea, which is totally cloud-based and uses Lambda and Kubernetes. It's a very good product. If you have basic IT concepts, it's very easy to understand. But if you're not familiar with NAS things and networking protocols like SMB or Linux, then it might be a bit difficult for new users. Linux understanding is very important to use Panzura. Overall, I would rate the solution an eight out of ten. Master Snapshot feature is the only exceptional feature, but the rest of the features are similar to other storage solutions.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"It is a very user-friendly product."
"The interface is very good."
"Office Integration. The full integration into the Microsoft Office products is just perfect."
"The solution is used for data storage and any kind of visualization."
"Using Box for cloud storage allows us to focus on the service and maintaining infrastructure."
"Sharing and collaborating across files and folders has been a massive game changer."
"Box is very simple and effective, so I prefer Box."
"It is really easy to load files to and from this solution."
"The main thing in Panzura is that there are three key components: PanFS, NAS, and collaboration. These are strong features, and a big benefit is that you can access everything from anywhere."
"Its most valuable features are the collaboration, the file snapshots, and the data protection the solution provides."
 

Cons

"The solution's data security should be improved."
"I haven't really come across a case where we're not able to use it for what it is, so I don't really have anything holding us up or any customers holding us up at this point that I know of. There are always some limitations, but as a technologist, I just live with them, and there is always room for improvement, but I don't have anything quantifiable."
"I would love to see the ability to invite collaborators extended to a file level, not just the folder level."
"If there was a plugin that added some sort of toolbar in Office, that would be great."
"The search features and role permissions are not very user friendly. It only searches the first few pages of a document, which is quite a problem."
"Tasks and comments could be easier to see, report, search, and manage."
"I don't like the low level of role-based security it provides – it's very cumbersome, and the support is ordinary at times."
"I find their API to be quite complex and it could be more straightforward."
"It should be easy for people not on the network to connect and access their files."
"Master Snapshot feature is the only exceptional feature, but the rest of the features are similar to other storage solutions."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"A business account has a minimum of three users. If you are more than three people in-house, go for the Enterprise version. All the external users are free of charge."
"I have to pay for Box. It could be a little cheaper. On a scale from one to ten, I would give the pricing a five."
"We are using the free version of the solution. There is a free version and monthly and yearly subscriptions available."
"Our pricing and licensing is excellent. I'd tell all Higher Ed customers to talk with Internet2 for excellent pricing and support."
"There's a free version that allows you to use it with almost full-feature access. Even in the free version, it gives you all you need."
"It is expensive per head, as you need the enterprise license to get full security and tools. So negotiate a discount!"
"Box's pricing is excellent."
"Box needs to improve with their pricing in terms of licensing costs."
"The solution's pricing is on the expensive side."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Educational Organization
50%
Computer Software Company
7%
Financial Services Firm
5%
Manufacturing Company
4%
Construction Company
18%
Computer Software Company
14%
Financial Services Firm
13%
Manufacturing Company
8%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Box?
The solution is used for data storage and any kind of visualization.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Box?
The solution is expensive when it comes to API calls.
What needs improvement with Box?
One drawback is its permissions system, which has caused issues prompting our transition to SharePoint. The reporting functionality could be improved; currently, they utilize Excel for reporting pu...
What are the products that Panzura provides?
Panzura offers four main products: CloudFS, data services, smart apps, and global services. They call this "all-in-one solution" and it's for end-to-end cloud data management. Why is it called that...
What kind of industries does Panzura serve?
Hello, I think businesses from all industries that have their data on a cloud can benefit from Panzura. Especially if you have offices in various locations or your employees are working from home a...
Why was Panzura acquired? Is the acquisition going to cause a change?
I think Panzura may change in a positive direction now that it's been bought by Profile Capital. That's a very big investment company for technology businesses and I think it's an opportunity for ...
 

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Sample Customers

GE, Toyota, P&G, Caterpillar, Flex, Schneider Electric, Sally Beauty, Eurostar, AstraZeneca, AirBnB, Whirlpool, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Nationwide, Aeropostale etc
Petrofac, Komatsu, HCA Healthcare, Vanguard, Disney, Pokemon, US Department of Justice, Gensler, Fluor, AFRY, Milwaukee Tool, Navy Federal Credit Union, TechTarget
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