ownCloud Whitepapers

ownCloud Architectural Guide

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This paper describes the performance and scaling of the industry-standard EFSS (Enterprise File Sync Share) solution ownCloud Enterprise. ownCloud Enterprise runs on an Enterprise LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PhP) stack on either Suse, Red Hat, CentOS or Ubuntu operating systems running PHP connecting to one of the supported databases, MySQL, PostgreSQL or Oracle.

DownloadPublished on June 22th, 2016

ownCloud Architecture Overview

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Unlike consumer cloud-based services and other applications with third-party storage, ownCloud‘s server enables IT to protect and manage every element associated with ownCloud on-site – from file storage to user provisioning and data processing. The server provides a secure web portal through which the entire system is controlled by the administrator, providing the ability to enable and disable features, set policies, create backups and manage users. Gain a full understanding of the ownCloud architecture in this technical overview.

DownloadPublished on Macrh 30, 2016

ownCloud Deployment Recommendations

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What is the best way to install and maintain ownCloud? The answer to that is “it depends” because every ownCloud customer has their own particular needs and IT infrastructure. ownCloud and the LAMP stack are highly-configurable, so we have presented three typical scenarios and make best-practice recommendations for both software and hardware.

DownloadPublished on March 16th, 2016

OSB Alliance Arndt Böken: IT-Sicherheit – Schutz gegen NSA und Industriespionage

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DE Alle Unternehmen und Organisationen stehen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Datenschutz und Sicherheit sowie dem berechtigten Wunsch nach Verwendung, Auswertung und freiem Verkehr von Daten.Arnd Böken stellt im vorliegenden Dokument dar, welche rechtlichen Grundlagen von Unternehmen beachtet werden müssen. Er geht insbesondere auf die Pflicht von Geschäftsführern und Vorständen ein, für IT Sicherheit zu sorgen – auch gegenüber Spionagetätigkeiten aller Art.

DownloadPublished on April 3rd, 2016

ownCloud Enterprise Edition on IBM Elastic Storage Server; A Performance and Sizing Study for Large User Number Scenarios

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The on-premises file synchronization and sharing (file sync and share) solution build using ownCloud and IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS) allows IT to regain control of sensitive data and gives users universal file access to all of their data seamlessly. The main goal of this technical report is to provide specific details on measuring the performance capabilities and sizing assumptions of a large user number of scenarios of the ownCloud application and database server and IBM Elastic Storage Server backend.

DownloadPublished on March 10th, 2016

ownCloud User Guide

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This guide is designed to help ownCloud administrators teach end users how to use the ownCloud web, mobile and desktop clients. This guide provides users with clear information on how they can easily access and share their files.

DownloadPublished on September 9th, 2016

BSI – Betrieb und Sicherheit von ownCloud

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DE ownCloud ist eine Webanwendung, die es ermöglicht Dateien innerhalb einer Organisation und auch nach extern zu übertragen. Sie ist in PHP geschrieben und als Open-Source oder auch als kommerzielle Version mit Wartungsvertrag erhältlich. Mit ownCloud stehen den Nutzern die Vorteile des einfachen Verteilens und gemeinsam Bearbeitens zur Verfügung wobei die Kontrolle über die Daten in der eigenen Hand verbleibt.

DownloadPublished on 2015

ownCloud Security and Encryption 2.0; A Technical Overview

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ownCloud security features are designed to protect data in transit while ownCloud encryption protects data at rest. But, the more technical of our users want to understand how...exactly. This technical whitepaper, authored by ownCloud security and encryption experts, shares detail of security features and efforts as well as a point-by-point review of server-side and data-in-session encryption.

DownloadPublished on September 30, 2015

Data Security Checklist – Germany

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Increasingly, users are turning to consumer grade file sharing services like Dropbox to share and store sensitive corporate data. While users rely on these services to do their jobs, companies can’t afford the risk that comes with these services – especially with the recent ruling on the EU Safe Harbor Agreement. More than ever, it's critical to understand the guiding principles of german data security. This checklist will guide you through the issues involved, assess your own risk and exposure, and help ensure that you maintain the needed levels of security, compliance, and governance.

DownloadPublished on December 14, 2015

Optimizing ownCloud Security

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A recent study by Harris Interactive found that 38% of those surveyed admitted to using a file sharing solution that is not approved by IT leaving the organization vulnerable. Adding to security concerns over 80% of employed adults use at least one personally owned electronic device for business. The key towards closing this security gap is to provide an IT monitored and approved file sharing solution that employees want to use. Read the "Optimizing ownCloud Security; Tips and tricks for the security conscientious" whitepaper to gain tips and tricks on how you can optimize ownCloud for your secure file sharing needs.

DownloadPublished on May 20, 2016

Data Security Checklist – EU

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Increasingly, users are turning to consumer grade file sharing services like Dropbox to share and store sensitive corporate data. While users rely on these services to do their jobs, companies can’t afford the risk that comes with these services--especially with the recent ruling on the EU Safe Harbor Agreement. More than ever, it's critical to understand the guiding principles of EU data security. This checklist will guide you through the issues involved, assess your own risk and exposure, and help ensure that you maintain the needed levels of security, compliance, and governance.

DownloadPublished on October 26th, 2015

ownCloud’s Data Encryption 2.0 Model

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Data protection is a critical requirement for all enterprise-grade file sync and share solutions. It is the foundation upon which trusted parties share information. ownCloud raises the bar on encryption flexibility with the release of Encryption 2.0. In addition to unprecedented flexibility and modularity, Encryption 2.0, provides robust server-side encryption for data at rest. ownCloud’s open architecture also integrates with toolkits such as OpenSSL to protect in-flight data, and can be easily extended to support other advanced security requirements such as client-side encryption.

DownloadPublished on September 09, 2016

Data Security Checklist – Canada

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Increasingly, users are turning to consumer grade file sharing services like Dropbox to share and store sensitive corporate data. Users rely on these services to do their jobs. Companies can’t afford the risk that comes with these--especially in Canada. Between the Digital Privacy Act, PIPEDA, provincial legislation and beyond, it's critical to compliantly secure your data.The checklists on the following pages will guide you through the issues involved, assess your own risk and exposure, and help ensure that you maintain the needed levels of security, compliance, and governance.

DownloadPublished on October 26th, 2015

ownCloud Evaluation Guide

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Looking to get the most of your ownCloud evaluation? Use this guide to help you understand the full value of ownCloud Enterprise Edition, its admin capabilities and associated apps. Download to get your eval checklist.

DownloadPublished on November 30th, 2015

ownCloud Hardware Sizing

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One very common question as customers look to size ownCloud is “how much hardware do I need?” This is not a simple question to answer, and it depends a lot on ownCloud usage patterns and user behavior. The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of ownCloud sizing considerations, and provide, with appropriate assumptions, two examples of the hardware sufficient to handle two common ownCloud installations.

DownloadPublished on March 21th, 2013

It’s Cloud Time, Do you Know Where your Data Is? Ensure Secure Cloud Sharing Benefits without Exposing Data to Intrusive Snooping

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Disclosures that spy agencies were able to tap into data transmitted by Internet service companies and telecom providers undermined confidence in the security of data housed by public cloud services. Even as enterprises are struggling to keep pace with technology and drive business forward, the disclosures call into question the sanctity of their intellectual property, confidential information and privacy guarantees—and they are wondering how to protect their information assets while providing secure cloud sharing.

DownloadPublished on July 23rd, 2014

Solving Your Dropbox Problem

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Do you know where your data is? Consumer cloud-based file sharing services store your sensitive company data on servers outside of your control, outside of your policy and regulatory guidelines – maybe even outside your country – and not managed by you. The potential for data leakage, security breaches and harm to your business is enormous. Learn what alternatives exist which allow you to manage and protect your sensitive data while integrating and extending your existing infrastructure.

DownloadPublished on May 13, 2016

Write your First ownCloud App in 60 Minutes

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ownCloud is a platform for HTML5 applications and all kind of webservice that users want to host and run under own control. Examples of apps which are already part of ownCloud are the media player app,the calendar or the contacts apps. Gain a clear understanding of the skills required to build your ownCloud app is 60 minutes and how to get started.

DownloadPublished on May 22th, 2013

ownCloud Analyst Reports

Product Analysis of ownCloud 8 by Michael Greth

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ownCloud introduces a number of improvements and new features with version 8 which include file sharing across different ownCloud server installations (Federated Cloud), tools for the administration (e.g. a more comfortable File Firewall configuration), extended functionalities in the mobile Apps and a reworked and extended offer of support options. This article offers an overview of the significant new features and also takes a look at the Microsoft SharePoint integration in ownCloud. Read what Michael Greth, SharePoint MVP has to say about the new capabilities in ownCloud 8.

DownloadPublished on April 2015

ownCloud 8 – What is New by Michael Greth

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Enterprises and the Cloud – an ambivalent relationship. The IT departments of companies are confronted with the users need to access relevant company data from everywhere and every device and share it with employees, external partners and customers. They are looking for a solution that allows their employees easy and comfortable access to company data from everywhere. This solution needs to integrate in the existing IT environment of the enterprise, incorporate established access rights systems and guidelines, not open up new data silos and not give the control over company data to external contractors. This is exactly where ownCloud comes in. Read what Michael Greth, SharePoint MVP had to say about ownCloud 8.

DownloadPublished on April 2015

Best Practices for File Sharing – Osterman Research

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An Osterman Research survey conducted in August 2014 found that, when asked to grade their management of file sharing in the context of best practices for information security and good information governance, only 9% of survey respondents gave their organization an “A.” Forty-two percent gave their organizations a “B,” while a plurality – 44% – gave themselves a “C.” This report contains recommendations on how to eliminate risks and put IT back in control of the file-sharing process with enterprise-grade file sync and share that will meet the dual needs of: a) enabling employees to have access to all of their files from any device, and b) enabling IT to control the organization’s critical data assets.

DownloadPublished on September 26th, 2014