As we hurtle towards the cloud, it is becoming increasingly crucial that we remain in charge of our data, of our cloud. And that’s where ownCloud comes in. This Open Source project, which was founded in Germany, is now a well funded, full-fledged company headquartered in the US and Germany.
The company today announced the release of ownCloud 8.1, which comes with many notable features and improvements. As Frank Karlitschek, the founder of ownCloud, told me, “ownCloud 8.1 is a big step forward in several areas. We closed a ton of bugs, improved the syncing performance by a factor of 4x and streamlined the user interface to make it easier to use. Another important point is that it is now easier for 3rd party app developers to publish their apps for ownCloud and make them available in ownCloud for every user. But the thing I’m most excited about is that we saw a huge number of new contributors joining the ownCloud community. For me this is the most important thing because it shows that ownCloud will grow even faster in the future.»
There are two versions of ownCloud: a community edition and an enterprise edition. This one is a community release, which will be used as the foundation for the enterprise release.