Compare Nextcloud vs ownCloud
Since forking the ownCloud core in 2016, Nextcloud added a considerable number of features ranging from videochat to weather app to its rebranded software. Meanwhile, ownCloud focuses on its core competence of enterprise-grade file collaboration, which it continues to harden and evolve. To address customer needs for workspace collaboration, ownCloud integrates with best-of-breed solutions through open-standard interfaces, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. Read a full Nextcloud comparison with ownCloud below – and learn how ownCloud provides an enterprise-ready file sharing solution that focuses on strong security and assuring software quality. That sadly means we have no time for a weather app.
On-premises, Hybrid, Cloud
On-premises, Hybrid, Cloud
2h (ownCloud Standard Edition)
2 Days (Nextcloud Enterprise Standard)
Support channels included with Enterprise Subscription
Customer Portal, phone & email
Customer Portal & email
Formal certification program for partners and integrators with SLAs
Optional access to training, workshops and feature development for Enterprise customers
dedicated QA team
embedded with engineering
Enterprise Documentation accessible for subscribers only
only available for Enterprise Premium customers
ONLYOFFICE, Collabora Online and Microsoft Office Online Server
Part of our Collabora Integration. Documents are streamed as a watermarked image tiles
Front-end adjustments meant to prevent downloads
3 reasons to choose ownCloud over Nextcloud
Best of breed
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Nextcloud is the new version of ownCloud
This is plainly wrong. Nextcloud is a fork of the 2016 code base. Since then, the two products developed in different directions. Whereas Nextcloud focuses predominantly on adding extra features at a considerable pace, ownCloud focuses on delivering an enterprise-grade file collaboration platform that supports well-defined open standards to integrate with best-of-breed applications. This way, customers get the sovereign workspace fit for their requirements instead of a byzantine structure that tries to have it all.
Nextcloud has more features
Nextcloud regularly releases new features and seems to aim at doing everything at once. This may be of value to some users and community enthusiasts, but we think it is more sustainable in an enterprise environment to do only a few things, but do them well: Security, stability and continuity are close to our hearts.
ownCloud does not have any developers, they all moved to Nextcloud
Wrong. After Frank Karlitschek’s fork-up, barely a dozen of his closest associates left, while most software developers stayed with ownCloud, especially all teamleads and the technical management. Since then, ownCloud has grown nicely to 75 employees. In support, development and the professional services team alone, ownCloud has 50 full-time staff.
Nextcloud has the bigger community
Community considerations seem to determine Nextcloud’s roadmap. Corporate Nextcloud customers seem to have little influence on the product roadmap, because Nextcloud relies on the community for contributions.
Why should one use ownCloud when there is Nextcloud?
ownCloud is the open-source file sharing solution for businesses and institutions. Reap the benefits of reliability, high software quality and a compelling enterprise feature set. Also, ownCloud offers the complete deployment package including managed hosting on-premises.
Users love ownCloud
The best choice for enterprise file sync and share: ownCloud
A global community of contributors AND of corporate customers
ownCloud is the original enterprise file sync and share with a focus on quality assurance and a comprehensive security architecture. Being open source, it has strong advantages on the established closed-source providers – security-focused customers can audit our code. The flexibility of deployment – on-premises, in the cloud, as hybrid or as SaaS – makes ownCloud the trusted choice for the productive storage and sharing of sensitive data.
File platform that integrates with your tools of choice
+10 years experience in enterprise file sync & share
Content collaboration that scales with ease
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