CloudRail Partners with Box to Make API Integrations Easier
We are excited to announce an official technology partnership with Box today. Integrations of the Box API are now even easier for developers. This article gives you an overview about the new partnership and a brief introduction in how to connect to the Box API from your application.
The Box API & CloudRail
Box was one of the first integrations which was offered through the CloudRail API Integration Solution. Millions of users already experience a seamless connection between their apps and the Box platform with the help of CloudRail technology every day. This official partnership was a natural next step to work more closely together and improve the developer experience even further.
Why Should Developers Integrate Box In Their Apps?
Cloud storage integrations are widely used to extend the feature set of applications. Common use cases are for example backing up data in the cloud or syncing production files between mobile and desktop versions of an application. But there are plenty use cases where a connector to a service like Box makes a lot of sense.
When you take a look on the cloud storage market you also come across several other big names like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive. Developers are usually faced with the decision which provider they integrate. This is a question of the total market reach, but also the target audience of the respective application. Since every integrated provider means a significant amount of invested development resources, most app owners tend to just integrate the biggest providers. This can be a wrong decision though. Even if Dropbox probably owns the biggest share of the consumer market in total, providers like Box might bring you a similar or even higher RoI. The reason for this is the type of customer. While Dropbox is very popular among consumers, Box has over 76k enterprise customers including 64% of the F500, which usually are much more willing to spend money for great apps. So it’s actually up to you to determine what is more important for your business model — 10 free users or 1 paid user?
Integrate All Providers With The Same Resources
So what is the solution — integrate all providers to let the customer choose for their preferred one? Exactly! And CloudRail will help you to do this in less time you’d originally have spent on just Dropbox.
The secret sauce here are so called Unified APIs. This means you can integrate Box via the exact same API like Google Drive or Dropbox. If you have already integrated Dropbox via CloudRail, then adding Box is literally one line of code:
If you want to start from scratch with cloud storage in your app, here is a quick sample to illustrate how CloudRail works:
But Isn’t CloudRail a SPOF?
No, CloudRail is not a single point of failure and has no negative impact on performance or data privacy. CloudRail is based on a SDK which is integrated in your application. This SDK then directly communicates with Box, without any data ever passing a CloudRail server.