The value proposition of Open Source

Last week, Box announced Box Open Source in a tweet. According to Box CEO Aaron Levie; "Box couldn't exist without open source projects," and his company would release the engineering tools they had been using internally under an open license. This is awesome for them to admit -- unlike another competitor. We agree with Box that open source is at the heart of the modern IT world, all the hot Silicon Valley players (and beyond) build upon it. They use it to run their servers, take care of deployments or manage their code. And many have opened up some of the tools they use -- like Box is now doing, in the name of good open source citizenship. But I believe open source is more than just the set of tools we use to create our product. It is the very nature of what we do, our business model and product itself. Own what you depend on Of course, whether the tools you use are open source or not has little value for customers and end users. What they care about is the product itself and the amount of trust they can put into it. In the end, that is what matters: ... read more

Wow – look at us scale!

Thanks to Red Hat, we announced this morning the results of a scalability test: the testing benchmarked 25,000 concurrent users of ownCloud Enterprise Edition and Red Hat Storage running on industry-standard x86 servers. The configuration used illustrates a 2x total cost of ownership (TCO) improvement by converging the application server and storage server tiers onto the same servers, compared to traditional solutions with separate storage server appliances. This enables businesses to Zscale quickly and cost-effectively with user demand like a public cloud with far greater control of sensitive data and without subsidizing free cloud vendor users. That’s scaling like a public cloud folks – that’s real good stuff! We used two 2-node x86 storage servers and four standard 2-socket servers for the performance benchmark. ownCloud Enterprise Edition and Red Hat Storage were installed and benchmarked on first one, and then two twin storage servers, serving as converged storage and application nodes. In addition, a MySQL NDB cluster was installed on two of the 2-socket servers, with another used as a load balancer out front with the final 2-socket server used as a load generator. The results show clear linear scalability when adding converged servers with a sustained load per server of ... read more

ownCloud File Sync and Share and Red Hat Storage Enable Enterprise Clouds to Scale Like Public Clouds

25,000-User Benchmark Results Confirm Linear Scalability of Red Hat Storage and ownCloud running on x86 servers Lexington, MA – April 16, 2014 – ownCloud, Inc., the company behind the world’s most popular open source file sync and share software, today released its performance testing for ownCloud Enterprise Edition with Red Hat Storage, Red Hat’s open, software-defined storage offering, running on x86 servers that demonstrate the cost and performance efficiency gained by running ownCloud with Red Hat Storage on industry-standard servers. The performance testing benchmarked 25,000 concurrent users of ownCloud Enterprise Edition and Red Hat Storage running on industry-standard x86 servers. The configuration used illustrates a 2x total cost of ownership (TCO) improvement by converging the application server and storage server tiers onto the same servers, compared to traditional solutions with separate storage server appliances. This enables businesses to scale quickly and cost-effectively with user demand like a public cloud with far greater control of sensitive data and without subsidizing free cloud vendor users. Red Hat and ownCloud used two twin-node x86 storage servers and four standard 2-socket servers for the performance benchmark. ownCloud Enterprise Edition and Red Hat Storage were installed and benchmarked on first one, and then two twin storage ... read more

Political Firestorm

Cloud file sync and share companies have been making a lot of news lately; filing for IPOs, product announcements, and even Board member changes. I would like to talk -- in general – about business strategy, because, frankly, I'm just not sure that the cloud vendors get it. "It" is Enterprise file sync and share. I know, who are we to say that these companies, who are collecting HUGE sums of money (mostly, if you take even a cursory look, to subsidize their "free" users) and are hurtling headlong into the biggest tech trend -- cloud computing -- are wrong? Well: We think it's wrong that businesses subsidize free users We think it's wrong to send sensitive corporate data into a public cloud We think it's wrong to create whole new, redundant, silos of data We think it's wrong not to take advantage of investments already made in data protection And we are not alone. A rising chorus of voices, analysts, press and most importantly organizations – are saying why not leave the data where it is, and just give employees the “consumer-grade” experience they demand. We're ownCloud. And we too believe companies should just leave the data where it is – protected by all the investments they’ve ... read more

Watch us Scale like a Public Cloud at the Red Hat Summit

We are thrilled to unveil our most recent performance benchmark results with ownCloud and Red Hat Storage. If you’re in San Francisco next week, stop by Red Hat Summit in San Francisco's Moscone Center South April 14-16 (booth number 605 of the Red Hat Partner Pavilion) and see how scalable and cost effective on-site, secure file sync and share can be running with Red Hat Storage on industry-standard HP hardware. By leveraging innovative open source solutions from Red Hat and ownCloud, enterprises can provide simple-to-use -- and scalable -- file syncing and sharing for employees, enabling enterprises to have greater control over valuable intellectual property. Stop by, we look forward to seeing you there!

Free Still isn’t Free

At the risk of being redundant, I have to comment on the Canonical Ubuntu One story. Jane Silber, Canonical’s CEO, said: “ …. the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage. If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make. ” Here was a case of Canonical, a terrific company by any measure, getting caught in that sucking vortex of “free storage.” When millions are taking advantage of “free” cloud storage, the few (industry average is below 5%) who are paying – are REALLY paying the freight. And, as we’ve seen with Canonical, how many of these storage providers can long afford this race to the bottom? Don’t misinterpret this, there is nothing wrong with Free. But there seems to be this concept in the market today that you can give cloud storage away for free, and make up for it in volume. This makes sense if some people pay, but when more and more is offered for free…the math of recouping that “free” on the ... read more

Canonical Ubuntu One Users, Come Check out ownCloud

You've probably already noticed that Canonical announced today their plan to shut down their Ubuntu One service. Canonical CEO Jane Silber wrote that "the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage." We get it, and we know there is no free ride. With storage so inexpensive now, Ubuntu One users should consider ownCloud as their alternative. Ubuntu One users can easily install ownCloud themselves on their own hardware or use one of our providers. In other words, your data reside where you want it. And, ownCloud is fully open source. Ubuntu One was a great service. It was about more than syncing documents - Ubuntu One could synchronize installed software between computers, sync contacts and stream music. It is unfortunate for Ubuntu users to lose this. ownCloud offers most of the functionality Ubuntu One offered and more importantly, it can be easily extended by apps. We would welcome apps which fill in the gaps for Ubuntu users! And of course, ownCloud already offers functionality that would be new for Ubuntu One users, like bookmark syncing, collaborative ... read more

There is no Free Ride

Continuing our past thread on the concept of “free” file sync and share for business, there was a very interesting in-depth report out last week from Tech Crunch on the upcoming Box IPO. What struck us in particular was the cost to Box – and the prevalence – of its free users. According to the story: The cost of supporting Box’s free users, who are an important part of its future profits, is high. Note that the highlighted sum includes various other costs, but given that 93 percent of Box’s users are of the free variety, they are not an insubstantial weight. So, of course, the question is who pays for all those free users? The article makes it clear: paying customers. Now, to be fair, ownCloud has millions of free users as well – including organizations with 10’s and even 100’s of thousands of users. The ownCloud Community Edition is often a great test bed for companies before they move to our Enterprise Edition – which has added enterprise-specific features, greater testing and hardening and other attributes. But unlike Box, and other cloud vendors who’s business model is actually selling storage, these Community users actually benefit ownCloud greatly. Often, these ... read more

Former openSUSE Community Manager joins ownCloud

ownCloud is growing, and growing fast, and the ownCloud community is so vital to that growth, to that creativity, to that energy. And that's why I'm super happy to announce that Jos Poortvliet has joined ownCloud to help me support the community and everything you do. Most of you probably remember Jos as community manager for openSUSE where he's been since 2010. Jos has valuable experience working with the community and I know he will bring his great energy and devotion to ours. Of course you're not getting rid of me - just getting another throat to choke. Check out Jos' blog: http://blog.jospoortvliet.com. So join me in welcoming Jos - Welcome Jos!!

Roll Your Company’s Own Enterprise File Sync and Share in Minutes, Take Back Control

Webinar teaches how to deploy a fast and easy ownCloud proof of concept Lexington, MA – March 25, 2014 – ownCloud, Inc., the company behind the only fully self-hosted enterprise-ready file sync and share software, will demonstrate how easy it is to implement, conduct, and measure a successful ownCloud Proof of Concept (PoC) Tuesday, April 1, noon ET. The latest ownCloud Enterprise Edition includes the first and only 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. Join ownCloud to learn how to best evaluate ownCloud enterprise file sync and share. Attendees will learn how to: Install the ownCloud appliance Integrate ownCloud into existing directories and infrastructure Scale for growing demands and users All attendees will also receive the free evaluation guide following the session. ownCloud Enterprise Edition -- based on ownCloud Community Edition, the world’s most popular open source file sync and share project, with more than 1.3 million users -- is deployed fully on premises, enabling integration into existing user management tools, governance processes, and security, monitoring, and back-up tools. ownCloud can ... read more