Do-it-yourself corporate cloud with ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition

Do-it-yourself corporate cloud with ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition

Summary: Based on the open-source ownCloud Community Edition, ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition offers the cloud's flexibility with on-premise business data control.

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OwnCloud, the company behind the open-source ownCloud Community Edition, announced on March 11 what the business claims is the "only fully self-hosted enterprise-ready file sync and share software, ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition."

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The Enterprise Edition is designed to seamlessly integrate with your existing infrastructure. Designed from the ground up to be fully deployed on premises, it enables integration into existing user management tools, governance processes, and security, monitoring, and back-up tools. If you want, though, you can use ownCloud with public cloud storage services, such as Amazon S3 and OpenStack SWIFT; it also lets you create a centrally controlled, hybrid cloud.

As you would expect, ownCloud Enterprise Edition is based on ownCloud Community Edition. With more than 1.3 million users, the Community Edition is one of the world’s most popular open source file sync and share software programs.

This latest edition includes a sophisticated file access rules engine to enhance control and govern access to files, enabling IT administrators to set sophisticated rules for user and device connections to the ownCloud server, preventing access if those rules are, or are not, met.

That's important, Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), explained because "As more companies see their sensitive corporate data escaping to the public cloud via consumer-grade apps, those in highly regulated industries like financial services, healthcare, government and education and research, need to look closely at how they can leverage their current data protection and governance tools to ensure they do not run afoul of regulatory requirements."

This new version of ownCloud 6 Enterprise has numerous new features. These include:

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Wizard: OwnCloud now comes with a GUI-based wizard to connect user directories to ownCloud. You need only supply the LDAP or Active Directory (AD) user credentials, and the step-by-step wizard connects, displays users groups, and helps admins create the proper filters visually, which greatly speeds the deployment process.

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) authentication: This support will enable you to drop ownCloud into existing enterprise environments that use SAML to authenticate with federated identity providers.

Jive Integration: OwnCloud’s Jive integration is a plug-in that mounts Jive storage as if it were a file storage location. Files saved in Jive groups appear in ownCloud as files inside folders, with each folder representing a Jive group. Files can be synced or accessed on demand by ownCloud desktop and mobile applications, edited, and updated – all with the files stored on the Jive server.

Application Integration: OwnCloud 6’s extensible architecture includes two new integration application programming interfaces (APIs) and new open-source mobile libraries. The internal server Application API allows developers to easily build ownCloud extensions and customizations, while the Sharing Representational state transfer (REST) API provides a service-based interface to ownCloud’s file sharing and notification subsystems. Finally, the mobile libraries simplify access to ownCloud from mobile applications. A new application framework also improves management of third-party apps and the installation of these apps into ownCloud.

OwnCloud 6 also includes a wide range of features that improve productivity for end users, including:

Performance Improvements: OwnCloud 6 includes numerous performance enhancements that should give users faster access to core functionality, including data encryption, external system integration and file synchronization.

Usability Improvements: The program includes a clean user experience complemented by a range of usability features, including user avatars, file previews, activity feeds, share file notifications and example files.

One feature that didn't make it into this release was OwnCloud Documents. This software-as-a-service (SaaS) word processor will be available as a technology preview that goes with openCloud 6 in the next few weeks.

The point of all these improvements, and indeed of ownCloud itself, according to Markus Rex, founder and CEO of ownCloud, is that it lets companies have their own cloud without being cloud wizards. In a statement, Rex said, "Many organizations, especially those in highly regulated industries, are turning to ownCloud to control and protect their data – and ensure they can leverage existing governance and security systems. Only ownCloud provides IT the ability to fully integrate with existing (and future) data protection tools, the flexibility to choose the type of storage that suits their needs, while at the same time provide end users a productivity tool they will actually use.”

Sound good to you? ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition is available now. Pricing for ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition starts at a yearly subscription rate of $9,000 for 50 users. If you'd like to kick its tires before buying it, ownCloud 6 is available as an easy-to-install-and-configure virtual appliance for VMware, HyperV, Xen and KVM. You can, of course, also just download the open-source ownCloud Community Edition if you want to try running the program without a corporate support net.

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  • does it ha a free version?

    does it has a free version to test for 2-5 users o some thing like that.
    Mac_Win
    • Read the fine article

      From the first sentence:

      http://owncloud.org/
      Rabid Howler Monkey
    • There is a free version

      Yes. The community version of OwnCloud can be obtained from www.owncloud.org
      A. Admin
  • I have one set up

    Well the free version at least.
    I must admit it was easy and it seems to be a very stable grown up application. I think I am going to replace my old cloud, Ajaxplorer with Pydio for several reasons not the least of which is the ability of this one to upload from phones immediately like dropbox.
    nabcoengineer
  • I want one.

    I work for a hosted solutions provider in the UK and we are planning on hosting OwnCloud on dedicated servers. I've played with it and I really like it...but I don't want to pay for it.

    I have a spare computer at home running the latest version of Xubuntu and I would like to set up and configure OwnCloud on it so that I have my own, personally managed, cloud solution. I am aware I would need LAMP or LEMP to run it on but I'm not sure exactly what I need to do.

    I'm after running it in a hybrid-like environment where I can access it on my local network via wireless and via the internet.

    Could anyone kindly direct me on how to execute such a project?
    Can I run it from a traditional desktop computer that is constantly connected to the internet?
    James Stevenson
  • Re: I want one.

    The first step is to add the OwnCloud repository to your system. Then, install owncloud and owncloud-3rdparty. IIRC, apt will determine if there are missing dependencies, and offer to install them. This link should help you:

    http://software.opensuse.org/download/package?project=isv:ownCloud:community&package=owncloud
    A. Admin