HP Now Offering Box.net On Some Business PCs

US PC maker HP has started to include Box.net, the cloud-based storage solution, with some of its business PC range.

Box.net has been popular as a collaboration tool and as a seamless backup solution for small and medium businesses.

In a statement issued by HP, the company announced that it would be working together with Box to provide an "integrated collaboration experience" for managing and storing content in the cloud.

The cloud solution will be deployed on HP Compaq Elite and Pro business desktops and will offer access to increased storage capacity and enterprise sync.

For example, buying an HP Compaq 8200 Elite through the company's Smart Buy program yields a box.com account with unlimited storage for a year.

Those who purchase the HP Compaq Pro 6005 and 6200 series will get 10GB storage, twice the normal allowance.

It is likely that HP is getting commission on each Box.net account that gets converted to a paid customer after the first year, as companies are offered the option to upgrade at a reduced annual rate.

Box.net says that more than 100,000 businesses and seven million users worldwide are running its cloud storage solution already.