ownCloud Brings Flexible Open Source Cloud Sync To Business

ownCloud Brings Flexible Open Source Cloud Sync To Business

Open source ownCloud offers private business and personal clouds

One of the consumerization of IT trends is the use of cloud storage. Most of us already have experience with iCloud and other personal cloud services like Dropbox, Google Docs, and SugarSync. The big advantage to all these solutions is their ubiquity – you can access documents and files in the office, at home, on the road using your iPhone or iPad, and pretty much anyplace else. Though they may raise data security and privacy concerns, personal or public clouds are extremely easy to use and always available.

The popularity of major cloud providers is causing a number of companies to offer easy to configure private cloud options that businesses can physically deploy on their own network or that can be hosted by the developer or a cloud service provider.

This week, ownCloud, which already offers an open source cloud storage and sync, announced new business and enterprise options that offer a great deal of flexibility.

ownCloud’s community edition has been around for a while and it is freely available to anyone that wants to use it. ownCloud is based on web standards, meaning that you can install it one pretty much any web server including on premise servers in your home or office as well as on a web hosting service that also hosts your personal/professional website or blog. ownCloud can also be hosted by a range of service partners.

In addition to basic file sync, ownCloud offers calendar and contact sync using the CalDAV and CardDAV standards – the same standards that Apple uses for similar features in OS X Server. It also offers a basic web-based media player and photo gallery feature and even a basic web-based text editor. ownCloud also offers API access for developers that want to expand its feature set.

The new business and enterprise editions of ownCloud take that core set of functionality by adding automatic cloud syncing for Windows and Linux as well as to mobile apps for iOS and Android. A Mac sync client isn’t available at this time, though with CalDAV and CardDAV access, you should be able to sync iCal and Address Book under Lion or Snow Leopard. More importantly, these editions build on ownCloud’s open source nature by adding maintenance updates and support contracts.

The business edition includes a yearly maintenance and support contract as well as an AGPL license and support for open source plug-ins. The enterprise edition includes those features as well as a management console to deploy and manage ownCloud throughout a company and licensing for multiple server instances. As with the community edition, you can host ownCloud on a server within your company or you can opt for using a service provider.

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  • SlackenS6

    On-Premise has been the much awaited option in the industry as it solves the problem of most businesses to have control over their sensitive data. Most of the companies avoided the cloud adaptation because of such security reasons. One solution that has already been available in the market is SyncBlaze which is available in both cloud-based edition and on-premise edition. They also offer various branding options which the MSPs can take complete advantage to offer to their customers.

  • Jami

    Nice to check out so many new apps coming out in the market. As mentioned Dropbox, Google docs, Box etc are few current once available and few such as CollateBox http://www.collatebox.com/ are above to release. It’ll be a nice battle from all these firms, Gotta wait n check out which one could turn the table. Meanwhile heard a lot about CollateBox, went through their recent blogs, http://blog.collatebox.com/ interesting they are..

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Ryan FaasRyan Faas is a technology journalist and consultant living in upstate New York who has written extensively about Apple, business and enterprise IT, and the mobile industry. In addition to writing for Cult of Mac, he is a contributor to Computerworld, InformIT, and Peachpit Press. In a previous existence he was a healthcare IT director as well as a systems and network administrator. Follow Ryan on Twitter and Google +

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