When we launched ownCloud last December, some people (and you know who you are) shouted Dropbox this, Box that, crowded market everywhere. But we knew we had something different, something businesses and services providers not just wanted, but needed. And we knew we had a unique way to deliver it.
The givens are these:
The nexus of BYOD, and cheap, easy productivity apps are causing enormous IT pain There are many who can do what Dropbox does AND add some bells and whistles for enterprise There are those who for years have enabled this technology, but are clearly too complicated or restrictive for end users There are those who offer spectacular features and functions to help secure data, mop the floor and be a low-calorie desert topping
- End users want something simple and easy to use — period
- IT already has many existing security, auditing, etc., bells and whistles
- IT wants a way to use existing tools including existing storage
- Has a unique business model that enables flexible customer relationships – from enterprises to OEMs.
- Has a flexible plug-in architecture that enables technical adaptation (even down to “themeing”).
- Is Open source – innovative, cost effective, standards based, and we gain the buzz of the community – 500,000 users already and growing.
And so, we launch our latest commercial versions of ownCloud and so far, reactions from the community, customers and partners has been overwhelmingly positive. You see, no one is as flexible as ownCloud:
If a customer wants to add Dropbox-like functionality into their existing infrastructure, and provide a seamless end user experience, then they want ownCloud. Our software slides right into an enterprise’s IT infrastructure. We are not a new technology, we are technology designed from the ground up to become an extension of what is already there. We integrate with LDAP/AD for user management, we use existing storage, we plug in to CMS, we leverage existing web management tools and infrastructure – and we do this in a way no one else can. And, importantly for our customers, in a way that does not break the bank.
How do we do achieve this?
- Unique business model that enables flexible customer relationships – from enterprises to OEMs.
- Flexible plug in architecture – that enables technical adaptation.
- Open source – innovative, cost effective, standards based, and we gain the buzz of the community – 500,000 users already and growing.
So when our customers say “I can’t do it with Dropbox because they are not secure.” Or “I have a very tight budget,” or “I can’t get locked into a proprietary solution” – that is our foot in the door.