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Bechtle IT and ownCloud starting close sales partnership

Secure Cloud Collaboration for Small and Medium-sized Businesses: ownCloud and Bechtle Solingen Establish Sales Partnership

Nuremberg/Solingen, July 23, 2018: ownCloud, the world’s leading provider of open source collaboration software, and Bechtle IT system house Solingen announce a closer cooperation in the context of a sales partnership. As a result, Bechtle Solingen is now capable of supporting customers in implementing ownCloud Enterprise and of offering better conditions and individual support. Thanks to the partnership, the ownCloud solution can now be obtained directly from the IT system house. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, but also public institutions of the education sector or municipal administration, will thus have better access to secure and efficient cloud collaboration.

As a “Gold Partner”, Bechtle Solingen will be the first point of contact for customers when implementing and operating ownCloud and will provide first and second level support. The IT system house employees receive intensive training by ownCloud for this purpose. Thus, companies with no or little experience in using collaboration platforms can now benefit from a tailor-made private cloud environment, too. On the one hand, Bechtle Solingen offers ownCloud as an on-premises solution, operating the data infrastructure on the customer’s own servers.  On the other hand, the system house also offers ownCloud as a managed service providing the required storage resources in a secure Bechtle data center. This solution is particularly attractive for small companies since it requires almost no internal IT resources.

Full flexibility for medium-sized IT companies

“As an IT service provider, we know the ambition of small and medium-sized companies to be able to participate in the opportunities of digitalization to an even greater extent without having to cut back on security. By partnering with ownCloud, we can offer them a solution which combines the advantages of a modern file sharing platform with high security standards. From now on, the experts of our Digital Economy Competence Center will support projects of all Bechtle IT system houses with ownCloud technology on request,” says Bernhard Margos, Managing Director, Bechtle IT System House Solingen.

As a result of the cooperation, small and medium-sized enterprises in particular will benefit from access to a versatile private cloud platform for sharing and collaborating on documents. With ownCloud, the IT department has full control over all activities at all times. Users can simultaneously access corporate data from anywhere in the world using different end devices, exchange it securely and work on it together.

Furthermore, the Enterprise version of ownCloud offers many additional features specifically designed to meet the needs of businesses. For example, the recently released “Secure View” feature allows the creation of so-called virtual data rooms in which files with particularly high protection requirements can be shared and worked on together while maintaining high security standards. Secure View allows sensitive documents to be provided with special restrictions that prevent the recipient from editing, downloading, copying/inserting or printing files. The risk of unauthorized distribution through screenshots or photos is significantly reduced by the use of clearly traceable watermarks. Up until now, implementing secure data rooms required expensive proprietary software. With the ownCloud solution, small and medium-sized companies with high security requirements in particular can benefit from unprecedented opportunities for secure, paperless collaboration.

“Small and medium-sized businesses in particular still face major challenges due to the high level of technical complexity when it comes to setting up content collaboration solutions that meet the strict security standards of their industry. Together with the Bechtle IT system house Solingen, we are solving exactly this problem: Organizations receive the necessary support to modernize their data infrastructure while we provide the technology,” emphasizes Jörg Eberwein, VP Global Partners and Alliances at ownCloud.


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About ownCloud

ownCloud is the market leading open source content collaboration solution worldwide. ownCloud enables users to securely access and share data from any device, anywhere in the world. With more than 200,000 installations and 50 million users, ownCloud provides organizations a modern collaborative experience, thereby boosting productivity without compromising on security. At the same time, it gives organizations the visibility and control required to manage sensitive data. You can find more ino at To get the latest updates, please visit or follow us on Twitter @ownCloud.

About Bechtle Solingen:

The Bechtle IT system house Solingen is a company of Bechtle AG. Bechtle AG is one of Europe’s leading IT providers, with some 70 systems integrators in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as e-commerce subsidiaries in 14 European countries. Founded in 1983, the company is headquartered in the southern German town of Neckarsulm and currently employs over 10,300 people. Bechtle provides more than 70,000 customers from the industrial, trade, financial and public sectors with a comprehensive, vendor-neutral portfolio that covers all aspects of IT infrastructure and operation. Bechtle is listed on the MDAX and TecDAX indexes. In 2018, the Bechtle Group generated revenues of approximately 4.3 billion euros. Read more at:

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