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Federated Cloud Sharing in ownCloud 9 Enterprise Edition

Posted by ownCloud GmbH – 20. April 2016

federated-cloud-sharingThe release of ownCloud 9 Enterprise Edition has introduced a number of updates and features. One such update is the Federated Cloud Sharing feature. Only ownCloud can connect federated servers in multiple geographic locations into a single user experience for seamless collaboration.

By leveraging newly enhanced server to server APIs, users of any ownCloud server can now search for users of any other federated ownCloud from any client – mobile, desktop or web. Once identifying another ownCloud instance as a trusted server, sharing is as simple as two clicks and entering the recipient’s name. Share recipients receive virtual links that hook into their ownCloud server, with the file owner retaining the copy of record and complete control over the links. Access is logged on all servers, and can be revoked by the file owner at any time. Further, since each ownCloud is a standalone system, access policies and rules are still respected among Federated servers, enabling each server to be managed to the policies of the host company.

Learn how Federated Cloud Sharing can be used in different ways:

  1. Need to collaborate among 3 offices? With ownCloud, you can set up a server running in all 3 locations. The admins then federate the ownClouds together, making them aware of each other and explicitly allowing federated sharing among the locations. Users can then simply use ownCloud as they normally would for file access and sharing. When sharing with users in different locations, the type ahead filter on sharing search results simply returns remote and local users together. At any time, the federated shares can be disabled by the admin or the user, while the file owner still retains control of the master file.
  2. Need to create zones in the company for sharing documents with different security levels? Simply set up an ownCloud for each zone, such as one in the DMZ for partners, and one internally for employees – and then connect them with federated cloud sharing. With proper document classification, files tagged as internal will not be allowed across into the external (partner) ownCloud, and yet other files can be made publicly available. Further, employees can access partner files that reside on the DMZ server, all through the same internal server and the desktop, mobile or web apps they are used to using. In this way, document controls can be retained, and frictionless collaboration can still occur.

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