ownCloud Whitepapers

ownCloud Architecture Overview


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 March 11th, 2014

ownCloud Security and Encryption 2.0; A Technical Overview

ownCloud Security & Encryption

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

ownCloud’s Data Encryption 2.0 Model


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 July 07, 2015

Optimizing ownCloud Security


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 October 3rd, 2014

Data Security Checklist – Canada


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

Data Security Checklist – EU


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 Evaluation Guide


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 March 11th, 2014

On-premise File Sync and Share Solution Using IBM Spectrum Scale for Object Storage and ownCloud

IBM WP-Spectrum Scale & ownCloud

This technical report provides the essential solution technology integration and configuration best practices around building an extremely scalable enterprise-class on-premise file sync and share solution using IBM Spectrum Scale for object storage and ownCloud software.

DownloadPublished on July 29th, 2015

ownCloud Hardware Sizing


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


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

The Dangers of Consumer Grade File Sharing in a Compliance Driven World


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 March 11th, 2014

Scale-out File Sync and Share; Deploying ownCloud and Red Hat Storage Server on HP ProLiant SL4540 Servers


File sync and share capabilities are now considered essential by an increasingly mobile and productive work force. While consumer-grade, cloud-based file sync and share solutions often provide a convenient data storage medium, they are outside of corporate control and data policies and represent a serious concern for enterprise IT departments. To address these shortcomings, ownCloud, Red hat and HP have worked together to provide a cost-effective scale-out file sync and share solution that is deployed on-premise, and managed by the enterprise. Learn how you can scale a private sync and share solution with the ease of a public cloud.

DownloadPublished on June 24th, 2014

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


This whitepaper written by IBM, details the outstanding performance for more than 100,000 ownCloud users on a single storage server; giving an overview of ownCloud sizing considerations and the appropriate assumptions. Within a proof of concept by ownCloud and IBM, measurements were conducted on high-end x86-based IBM storage and compute infrastructure with emphasis on large user number scenarios.

DownloadPublished on June 2nd, 2014

Write your First ownCloud App in 60 Minutes


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


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


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


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

ownCloud Product Overview – Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)

ESG Analyst Brief on ownCloud

There is significant pent-up demand for alternatives to cloud-based online file sharing solutions, primarily driven by a desire to leverage existing IT investments and control the data that gets stored in the cloud, as well as the perceived security threats associated with cloud services. ownCloud offers an alternative model that meets these requirements. But there is more to the solution than meets the eye. Read this product brief written by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Senior Analyst, Terri McClure.

DownloadPublished on May 20th, 2014

Developing an Information Governance Strategy – Osterman Research


Today's organizations are trying to deal with a growing underground of unmanaged and uncontrolled unstructured data (which creates a need for developing an information governance strategy). In fact 75% of data today is generated and controlled by individual employees; inexpensive, cloud-based storage has only served to exacerbate the problem of dark data. Nowhere is this problem more evident than in the widespread and growing use of file sync and share tools, most notably Dropbox. While these tools are useful for individual users, they allow corporate policies, legal requirements and regulatory obligations to be circumvented, creating a serious information governance problem. Organizations that solve even just this one issue have taken a significant step toward solving their overall information governance problem.

DownloadPublished on February 4th, 2014

File Synchronization and Sharing Market Forecast, 2012-2017 – Osterman Research


File-sharing and synchronization (FSS) tools, most of which today are cloud-based, are used widely in organizations of all sizes. Osterman Research forecasts that the worldwide Total Available Market (TAM) for FSS capabilities was 591.4 million seats in 2012 and will grow to 781.4 million seats by 2017, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 5.7%. Read the recommendations of Osterman Research around security, integration and management when considering FSS tools for the enterprise.

DownloadPublished on March 20th, 2013

ownCloud Enterprise Edition 6 Product Review – CIO Executive Council


"Cloud Cover: ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition Provides a Secure, Onsite File Sharing and Collaboration Alternative to Cloud Solutions" was published by the CIO Executive Council. CIOs have found that picking cloud services usually comes down to a balance between security and access. Finding a workable solution with public cloud based services can be a complex and somewhat risky endeavor. Lexington, MA-based ownCloud provides a solution to the 'compromises and risks' dilemma in the form of ownCloud 6 Enterprise.

DownloadPublished on July 30th, 2014