Data Infrastructure Modernization

ownCloud provides access to data no matter where it is – all while maintaining the policies and procedures that IT has established to effectively manage the business.

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File access is provided through a single front-end to all of IT’s disparate systems. Users can access company files on any device, anytime, from anywhere while IT can manage, control and audit file sharing activity to ensure security and compliance measures are met. Data Infrastructure Modernization is realized through a common file access layer regardless of where the data lives – in applications, object stores, on-premises storage or in the cloud – all completely managed, secured and controlled by IT.

Leave Data Where It Is

ownCloud is all about breaking data silos by offering a single point of access to files across the enterprise. ownCloud can provide access to storage within the enterprise, all through the frictionless mobile, desktop and web apps that users find simple to use and by connecting ownCloud to existing storage in the enterprise, such as S3, Windows network drives and SharePoint servers.

Admins can configure each storage connection manually or with a script, to make it easy to support a few up to thousands of storage servers, document libraries, FTP servers and more. This ensures admins get the full logging of the existing storage solution, while the user simply sees a file tree with access to all of their files, regardless of where they are stored on the backend, and with their existing ACLs preserved.

Existing Infrastructure

ownCloud mounts any object store like S3 or OpenStack Swift, and has APIs to integrate easily with existing tools and the corporate infrastructure including:

  • SharePoint
    ownCloud treats SharePoint as an external storage location, translating ownCloud commands into SharePoint commands and enabling mobile, web and sync client access.  With SharePoint integration, ownCloud users can directly access their SharePoint document libraries.
  • Windows Network Drives
    ownCloud administrators can integrate one or more network drives within a single ownCloud instance, treating them as external storage and allowing users to access, sync and share files stored on the Windows network drives.
  • S3, Swift, Ceph, FTP
    ownCloud leverages storage that already exists, including S3, Swift, Ceph or FTP.

Flexible Integration Beyond File Access

ownCloud was designed from the ground up to interoperate seamlessly in a heterogeneous ecosystem of applications, tools and utilities. While end users rave about ownCloud’s ease of use, IT values how ownCloud integrates with the existing technology stack and data silos. ownCloud’s published APIs, mobile libraries and open standards deliver an infinitely extendable file sharing foundation for the enterprise.

ownCloud integrates seamlessly with customers’ existing heterogeneous environments, including security, authentication, DLP, MDM, event logging, monitoring and back-up systems, any object, app, cloud, and more. ownCloud’s open architecture and APIs allow IT to easily add corporate branding, and extend core functionality as needed to meet the company’s evolving needs.

Security

ownCloud runs in your data center, is managed by you, to your policies, following your procedures. It is critical that the single point of access is secure and preserves the security that is already in place.  To maintain the level of security, encryption at rest secures your files on the server and still allows sharing among users. The File Firewall ensures all access requests meet rules set by the administrator such as IP address range, device type, file size, subnet, geography, time, group membership and more.  And, existing infrastructure – such as intrusion detection and log management – can provide additional layers of security. With WebDAV, mobile libraries and the ownCloud API as well as several enterprise-only apps, secure file sharing is in your control.

Equal User Experiences at All Stages

ownCloud offers a number of options that generate an unchanged experience from user to user.

  • Extensibility ownCloud is an on-premises solution that is deployed on your own server (or location of your choice) and offers users the security and flexibility they need to get started, as well as the ability to grow with your company’s regulations and data policies.
  • Disparate Systems and Storage
    Have a number of different storage systems filled with unstructured data that you’d like to weave together and access in one place? Let ownCloud be that unifier. Use ownCloud as single point of access to files across different platforms including Dropbox, Google Drive, SharePoint, and Windows network drives. ownCloud offers a hybrid cloud model that allows users to deploy onsite or choose their cloud storage service, and still ensure the same data security and control.
  • Migration
    As technology changes, enterprises must face the choice to maintain legacy systems or move to newer solutions. When a decision is made to migrate storage, ownCloud can help ease the transition. Whether cloud or on-premises, you only need to point to the new storage location, the user experience is unchanged and you continue to have access to all data in one place.

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