You can see here that today we announced that TERENA, the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association, has endorsed ownCloud to its community, bringing more than 50 million potential users secure, private and easy-to-use file sync and share. According to Péter Szegedi, project development officer at TERENA, “TERENA’s task force on data storage solutions (TF-Storage) looked at many alternatives of which ownCloud offered the unique combination of on-premises, integrated software (for compliance, control and privacy), open source (for openness and extensibility) and storage agnosticism (for flexibility and cost savings). With the favored pricing negotiated with ownCloud, TERENA’s national and international members, including universities and other institutes within their constituencies, get a cost-effective, secure, compliant way to share their data world-wide and deploy private cloud infrastructure based on ownCloud technology.” SWITCH and SURFnet will be first TERENA members to incorporate ownCloud into the services offered to their members and users. Both of these members have impressive histories within the education community, using IT in the educational setting. SWITCH, partnered with Swiss Universities, brought the Internet to Switzerland more than 25 years ago and today, along with its 100 employees, the Zurich based non-profit organization develops Internet services for lecturers, researchers, students, as well as for commercial customers. SURFnet provides connectivity to a million users in the Netherlands, ensuring that researchers, instructors, and students can work together simply and effectively with the aid of ICT. SURFnet is the driving force behind ICT-based innovation in higher education and research in the Netherlands, promoting, developing, and operating a trusted, connecting ICT infrastructure. We are all very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with such a great organization and their members.