What ex-Box customers are saying:
Box's permissions management is limited. For example, in the illustration below, the Finance parent folder has three subfolders: reports, budgets and payables. The entire finance team needs access to the Finance folder, with the exception of the budgets sub-folder. The budgets sub-folder should only be accessed by the Corporate Controller. This is easily accomplished with Egnyte's subfolder permissions structure, but not possible with Box. Conversely, with Box, any user who has access to the Finance parent folder would automatically have access to all its sub-folders. This imposes a significant limitation for businesses as they map their file system to align with their organizational structure, access rules and data security requirements. [Source]
Egnyte's folder structure is organized the way businesses are organized, with shared folders and private folders. Each shared folder can have any number of sub-folders. Account administrators centrally manage permissions and include/exclude users and groups at any level of the hierarchy.
Egnyte's permissions model adheres to traditional file server permission models. Large businesses have migrated in-house file servers to Egnyte without compromising control, security, or privacy.
Egnyte enables users to map cloud folders as a network drive on the desktop that can be accessed directly through Finder on the Mac, or Explorer on Windows. This intuitive access method allows employees to work directly off their desktops (in addition to accessing files using any standard browser).
Box lacks a drive-mapping capability, requiring access to files to be made through a web browser. After downloading and editing files, users must upload changes to their Box account. This makes file editing and collaboration cumbersome and inefficient. [Source]
An enterprise-class solution should be capable of handling files of any size and allow large amounts of data to be uploaded. Box imposes a file size limit of 2GB, restricting users from uploading large files such as Photoshop, Multimedia, or CAD files. Egnyte enterprise users can store and share files with no size limits.
Egnyte provides a rich set of upload capabilities – mapped drive, web-based uploads, desktop sync, server sync and FTP*. Each of these methods, in the listed order, is capable of handling progressively larger data sets. For example, 10GB can be uploaded in one session using Egnyte’s FTP capability.
Egnyte HybridCloud provides the most robust and scalable solution for small to large businesses. It not only provides single users with desktop sync, but is also the only solution that provides support for large teams and multiple offices with server sync.
Egnyte desktop sync (Personal Local Cloud) offers sync for individual users on their PC or Mac. Egnyte sync scales to 5 million files, provides sub-folder sync capability and enforces access permissions (defined on the Shared folders in the cloud) uniformly on local files.
Box also offers desktop sync on Windows and Mac (beta client) with, however, severe limitations. The Windows and Mac clients are unable to handle more than 40,000 files. [Source] Also, Box sync lacks the ability to handle granular sub-folder level sync. [Source] Sync must occur at a parent folder (all or nothing) which consumes valuable bandwidth and storage if all sub-folders do not need to be synchronized. In addition, only folders where users have read/write (edit) access will sync. Folders with read only access will not sync to the desktop, thereby preventing offline access to the folders. [Source] [Source 2]
Egnyte is unmatched in its capability to offer solutions that scale for teams. Egnyte offers server sync solutions that provide teams with one centralized local access point for all files, just like a traditional file server. The local storage delivers fast access over the LAN, enabling offline file access. The bi-directional synchronization with the cloud ensures all shared files are also accessible by employees when working remotely and with mobile devices.
Server sync solutions include Office Local Cloud and Enterprise Local Cloud.
Office Local Cloud is deployed on a NETGEAR® ReadyNAS® that synchronizes files between the NAS (network-attached storage) device and Egnyte Cloud File Server.
Enterprise Local Cloud is deployed as a VMware® virtual appliance and synchronizes files between the virtual machine and Egnyte Cloud File Server. The virtual appliance can be deployed on any existing server and storage investments, minimizing capital outlays.
Enterprise Local Cloud also integrates with NetApp® unified storage to enable mid-sized businesses and distributed enterprise environments to quickly and easily deploy a hybrid cloud file sharing system.
The Egnyte solution is consistently less expensive than Box due to a more affordable base plan and the ability to add additional users and storage based on business needs. Box's licensing forces companies to pay for all employees who will use the service, even if some employees do not require full functionality. Egnyte's ability to offer more features at a lower price is due to its business focus. Unlike Box's freemium model, Egnyte does not have to amortize the cost of free consumer accounts across all paid business accounts.
Box has two classes of users, Managed Users and External Users. Managed Users is what you have to pay for in Box. Box requires any user who is an employee (anyone identified with a specific company email) to become a Managed User; all other users are set as External Users. Egnyte has Power Users and Standard Users. Typically a company maps each employee to a Power User and business partners as Standard Users. The subscription pricing is based on the number of Power Users. Egnyte provides free Standard User licenses for each Power User depending on the plan level.