ownCloud releases new business and enterprise editions

Open source file sharing and syncing platform takes leap into commercial

This week, ownCloud, an open source, cloud file-sharing platform launched two commercial versions: ownCloud Business and Enterprise editions. These commercial tools offer companies support along with administrative tools and mobile and desktop apps.

ownCloud is competing with the likes of Dropbox and Box by offering a more flexible and (they believe) secure open source platform. Up until now, they offered only a free Community Edition. This week they built upon that with the commercial offerings.

The new versions include a desktop sync client for Windows or Linux--no Mac yet--along with mobile apps for iOS and Android. Business users also get a yearly maintenance and support contract and an AGPL license along with support for open source plug-ins.

The enterprise version gets the same as Business, plus a management console to help IT pros deploy and manage ownCloud across the organization, including plug-in management.

Simon Robinson, research director at 451 Research says this type of file sharing and syncing is a hot market right now, one that feeds right into the 'Consumerization of IT' trend.

"The Mobile File Sharing and Sync 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," Robinson said.

The interesting aspect of this solution is not only that it's open source, but that you can host it on your own servers or use a commercial hosting service as you see fit.

Adding an open source offering with the commercial backing of a company should bring some competition to this space, especially for companies looking for alternatives to the existing cloud offerings.

ownCloud Business starts at $999 a year ($100 a month) for up to 50 users. ownCloud Enterprise starts at $15,000 a year (or $1,500 a month) for up to 250 users.

For more information:
- see the ownCloud press release

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