ownCloud has launched commercial offerings based on Version 3 of the community edition, bringing business-class flexibility and security to the file sync and share market.
ownCloud 2012 Business and Enterprise editions include anytime, any device access to files - introducing sync clients for Linux and Windows, as well as mobile apps for Android and iOS. The commercial offerings also extend the capabilities of the community edition by adding easier management, support and maintenance subscriptions, plug-ins and commercial licenses.
With more than 400,000 users (and growing rapidly) of the community edition, ownCloud offers the ease-of-use of Dropbox with more flexibility and security. ownCloud users can run their own file sync and share services on their own hardware and storage, use popular public hosting and storage offerings, or both. Because it's open source, ownCloud offers no vendor lock in, and pulls in innovative features from the community.
"For more than two years now, ownCloud has been giving corporate IT managers the ability to offer their users easy - and secure - access to corporate data, while leveraging their existing infrastructure as the back end," said Markus Rex, founder and CEO, ownCloud. "These new offerings give end users easy-to-use sync clients and mobile apps, and give IT commercial support."
"File synchronization across desktops and mobile devices of individual users and groups is a white-hot market. It is also a market that epitomizes the 'consumerization of IT' in the enterprise. Adoption of iPads and other devices happened faster - and often by an organization's most senior executives - than IT was prepared for, and, in many cases, IT hasn't been able to meet end-user requirements to make these devices truly usable for work," said Simon Robinson, research director at 451 Research. "Hence, the Mobile File Sharing and Synch Platforms market is shaping up to be an incredibly active and extremely disruptive one in the foreseeable future as IT finds solutions that give users what they want, while at the same time securing corporate data.