When comparing OwnCloud vs Box, the Slant community recommends OwnCloud for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud storage services?” OwnCloud is ranked 6th while Box is ranked 9th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Open source software
Pro Allows selective sync
Desktop clients offer sync almost as versatile as dropbox.
Pro You have full control with your data
Only chose a provider or host it on your soho-server.
Pro Cross-platform desktop and mobile
Box is available for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phones. Which mean access to ones files no matter the device or platform used.
Pro Extendable via plugins
There are plug-ins for applications that allow interactions with Box.
Pro Salesforce and NetSuite support
Pro Sharing and privacy features built for business and IT users
Such as advanced sharing options, task assignment, notifications. Making an easy way to stay up to date on assigned tasks.
Con Not plug and play as Dropbox etc
You may need some help installing it on your web space, though some providers offer free install server.
Con Log in on every use
Any time the app is opened the user's log-in needs to be typed in, which can become annoying. While it is a nice privacy feature, an option to turn it off would be nice.
Con No Linux client
They are not willing to listen to Linux community. They've also deleted a bunch of messages from Linux users on their forum
Con Missing collaborative apps
Not being able to easily back up office works through an integrated office suite can be a set back when comparing to backup apps like Drive. While you can set certain apps to save their files to the Box folder, it is not as easy as using something like Google Docs, which not only saves while you are working but as soon as you are done, with no extra steps.