​Nextcloud adds enterprise support and iOS app

The ownCloud fork, Nextcloud is aggressively seeking private cloud business customers.
Written by Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Senior Contributing Editor

Nextcloud, the ownCloud fork, wants to be your business private infrastucture-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud.

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Nextcloud is coming hard for its parent ownCloud's enterprise customers.


The newly minted company has just announced that its Enterprise Support Subscriptions are now available. The annual Nextcloud Enterprise Subscription starts at 1,500 euros for 50 users. For smaller businesses or organizations Nextcloud recommends purchasing the Spreedbox Business appliance. This provides Nextcloud and web conferencing capabilities in a convenient and secure hardware appliance coming with a one-year support contract for 1,142 euros.

Along with corporate support, Nextcloud has also added the following enterprise features to Nextcloud:

  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Single Sign-On Authentication (SSO)
  • Extensive logging and reporting capabilities
  • Windows Network Drive integration
  • Password policy
  • Easy branding and theming
  • Improved anonymous upload (former Files Drop)
  • Calendar and Contacts
  • Secure WebRTC Conferencing
  • Online Collabra/LibreOffice Office integration

In addition, for external storage, Nextcloud currently supports SWIFT, (S)FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox, SMB/CIFS/Windows Network Drive and Open Stack Object Storage.

All these features are available for free in the latest release of the open-source, free Nextcloud program.

Nextcloud has also announced participation in the Open Cloud Mesh initiative. Under the umbrella of research collaborative GÉANT, Open Cloud Mesh aims to link researchers and universities in Europe, the Americas, and Asia via a series of interconnected, secure private clouds. The project builds on the Federated Cloud Syncing protocol, which has been developed by ownCloud and Nextcloud contributors. Presently this enables syncing between Nextcloud and Pydio (formerly AjaXplorer) servers. This is an important step in bridging the gap between public and private cloud silos.

The company promises further capabilities will become available. These features are part of the core of Nextcloud or can be installed easily as apps, all available under an open-source license. "We believe that transparent development processes ultimately benefit users and customers, not only because more contributors makes for better code but the closer collaboration with partners enables a better alignment with the needs of users. We thus invite prospective users and customers to get involved in development."

Nextcloud is also introducing an iOS client. This client supports all the needed capabilities including renaming, deleting, and moving of files; display of documents, photos, videos, and audio files with previews; and local offline favorite file storage. A new update to the Android app is also on the way.

Want to try it before buying? You can get the latest release of Nextcloud today.

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