ownCloud at the CS3 Workshop in Krakow and FOSDEM

ownCloud showed its colors at CS3 and FOSDEM last week. ownClouders gave talks on the future for the platform and held many technical discussions on upcoming developments within the community.
ownCloud at the CS3

Heading back from this year’s FOSDEM, and the CS3 Workshop on “Cloud Storage, Synchronization and Sharing Services” in Krakow, we wanted to share the immensely positive experience we had. We took along a strong team of 8 people to the CS3 workshop, from Engineering, Support, Product Management and Sales – more than doubling our team from previous years at the conference. Here’s a quick look at what we got up to.

Inspiring talks

At the CS3 workshop, our staff gave some excellent talks on industry issues, our visions for the future of file sync and share, and some cutting edge research:

And this is in addition to a very large number of talks from other community members and customers talking about their ownCloud-backed solutions. We already told you about the talk topics, you can read more details in our CS3 announcement blogpost.

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Piotr Mrowczynski talking about distributed, cross-datacenter replicated relational database and file storage

Technical Discussions at the CS3 workshop

The CS3 workshop was a brilliant chance to meet with industry members who have a real need for FSS solutions for hundred of thousands of users. Some have been using ownCloud for multiple years. This event was a great opportunity to gain feedback and guidance from our community of providers. Feedback helps a lot to continue the progress we have made over the last year.

Throughout the workshop, we had multiple discussions around technical topics, bringing in experts from providers, projects, customers and research institutions such as CERN. Here is a quick preview of some of the topics we covered:

Next Generation Storage

Storage layers are expanding well beyond the Petabyte capacity. We must think ahead and innovate new solutions for metadata storage and change detection, such as our ETag propagation. At the same point, we also have to consider the uses for object storage layers, and how we can migrate millions of files with minimum disruption to end users.

You’ll hear more on this soon as we work closely with partners within the industry.

Scaling & Performance

We have multiple instance running into the hundreds of thousands of users, with hundreds of millions of files and petabytes of storage – but where does the next scaling issue come from? We discussed potentials for future bottlenecks and where innovation should be focused. Implementing a more ‘Service Oriented Architecture’ brings the benefits of horizontal scale, single component upgrades, and much more.

Open Cloud Mesh

Multiple FSS projects, like ownCloud, Nextcloud, Pydio, and Seafile, came together to discuss the next steps in the development and implementation of the Open Cloud Mesh. OCM is a protocol for collaboration between FSS instances. With OCM, an ownCloud instance could even federate with e.g. Pydio instances, not only other ownCloud instances.

We reaffirmed our commitment to implementing the protocol! We want to work closely with other projects in the development of the specifications.

ownCloud OCM talk

Peter Szegedi from GEANT discussing the OCM landscape.

Community Feedback

One of the best things over the three days in Krakow was the tremendous amount of praise and positive feedback we received from our community – we really stood in the center of presentations and discussions. Here is just some of the lovely feedback we received:

Over the past year we at SWITCH were able to get our SWITCHdrive service to perform much better with improved assistance from ownCloud support. Together we were able to identify the root cause of some database issues and have received a number of patches that have helped our stability. The teamwork between our engineers and ownCloud’s Engineers have allowed us to make remarkable performance changes.SWITCH/ SWITCHdrive

And from Surfnet on our improvements in quality and performance in recent history:

Our partnership with ownCloud has never been better. Their strength is that they are not afraid to learn from their mistakes, they manage to use them to improve their service.SURF / SURFdrive

ownCloud at FOSDEM 2018

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John Kawohl at our FOSDEM booth, answering community questions

Of course we also were at FOSDEM last weekend. We went there to get in touch with the people who use ownCloud every day, and some also contributed to it. We talked to many people who want to hear more about ownCloud.

It was interesting, because usually we only see, when the software fails. While people are always coming to us if something breaks, nobody opens a Central topic when ownCloud does its job. When one guy came to our booth, exclaimed “It just works!” over and over again, and bought us a beer for keeping up the good work, we knew that it’s worth the hard work.

Whats Next?

Of course, we’ll see you at the CS3 workshop and FOSDEM next year! But before then, you can catch us at the 2018 ownCloud Conference – save the date now! If you’d like to get more involved, jump on ownCloud Central and find out more information about our upcoming projects under the Google Summer of Code initiative.

Thanks again to CERN and everyone else involved with the organization and running of the CS3 Workshop!


February 9, 2018

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