ownCloud Announces New Partnership, Software
If you follow the open source channel regularly, you’ve probably heard a lot in recent months about ownCloud, the open source cloud platform. Expect to read even more about the project and the company behind it, which is pushing out yet more features and announcing new partnerships as it continues to lead open source’s charge into the cloud space. Here are the details.
ownCloud — a name that refers to two entities, the first being an open source project and the second a commercial company that provides support and other services related to that project — has made a lot of headlines since earlier this year as the code and the commercial activities around it have continually evolved.
New Partners and Features
That trend is continuing with two recent major ownCloud announcements. First, Standing Cloud, a SaaS company focused on the cloud, partnered with ownCloud to deliver hosting solutions to organizations interested in using ownCloud to build their IT infrastructures.
The cooperation between Standing Cloud and ownCloud makes it simpler to deploy a complete, turnkey cloud-computing solution based on open source code. In the words of ownCloud VP of Products Matt Richards, “ownCloud has always been easy to use, but this partnership with Standing Cloud takes it to a whole new level, providing instant Dropbox-like simplicity and hosting in just a few clicks.”
Unlike Dropbox, however, the cloud solutions now offered by Standing Cloud and ownCloud do not lock users into a completely rigid setup. ownCloud staff are promoting that flexibility as a major selling point, promising that “with Standing Cloud, ownCloud customers can choose the cloud provider, data center and geography of their choice for their deployment from among a wide range of leading public cloud providers.”
The second big news item out of the ownCloud camp this week was the release of a new beta of ownCloud’s Community Edition, the open source, freely downloadable version of the platform. It adds a variety of features, among them several performance enhancements and user-interface improvements.
Without a doubt, the battle for the cloud is a tough and bitter one. ownCloud and its partners face steep competition from an array of companies, in both the open source and proprietary channels, that also want their products to dominate this emerging space. But ownCloud’s offerings are formidable, and it remains an organization to watch closely as cloud solutions continue to evolve.