Why Private Cloud?

ownCloud customers often have increased security and compliance requirements. ownCloud helps to support these companies by protecting sensitive files from unauthorized access and the risk of espionage.

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You have invested significantly to implement a security infrastructure that protects your employees’ privacy, your customers’ data and your company’s intellectual assets. Although advanced file sharing solutions offer breakthrough gains in productivity and efficiency, you need a solution that leverages your security infrastructure and that you can deploy on-premises, integrated with your existing IT stack, operating under your control.

Flexible Model

Adhering to their requirements ownCloud customers are able to decide where they want to store their data and to choose between Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud. For example, less critical data can be transferred to a public cloud, while data protection-critical files can remain in a private cloud within their own company. With the Private Cloud model, organizations can decide whether to store the files on their own enterprise servers (on-premises) or in a data center of their choice (PaaS or IaaS). What are the arguments for a Public Cloud approach?

Regulatory Compliance

With ownCloud’s self-hosted Private Cloud solution (on-premises), IT knows exactly where data is being stored and how it is being accessed. Security and compliance requirements can be guaranteed with on-premises data storage and governance.

Since the European Union declared the Safe Harbor Agreement invalid and the Digital Privacy Act, PIPEDA, and provincial legislation in Canada, many of companies around the world who were handling and processing foreign data in the United States were affected. ownCloud users, however, were never effected with our unique feature Federated Cloud Sharing. This allows users to keep all their data on their own servers, in their own countries, with the ability to connect the servers. ownCloud is and was GDPR compliant before.

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Many IT departments prefer a filesharing solution which enable complete control and flexibility, which only a solution in their own data center can provide. Organizations that store data on their own servers can define access restrictions, such as “no access from certain countries” or “access only from the company VPN”.

ownCloud was designed from the ground up to interoperate seamlessly in a heterogeneous ecosystem of applications, tools and utilities—whether onsite, cloud or hybrid.

Vendor Lock-In

Vendors go out of business, are acquired by competitors, change their business strategies and raise their prices. If, for whatever reason, you decide to change your business processes, your ability to do so may be significantly hindered by vendor lock-in. You may be unable to make a change, even if your provider suffers security breaches, gaps in availability or aggressive pricing changes. On the other hand, with ownCloud you have the flexibility to choose the storage that works for you and the control and access you need.


On-premises storage – and integrated on-premises file sync and share software – is the best way to keep your data safe. ownCloud lets you leverage your existing security infrastructure, integrate easily with your existing toolswhile you stay in control of your data. You don’t need to reinvent your security policies and governance processes – they simply function within your established framework. And when your data requirements expand, you have the ability to securely scale with them.


File sync and share is quickly becoming a cornerstone IT service, providing a vastly improved way to access, sync and share information across devices. By its nature, however, file sharing solutions must connect to many user-facing applications and, ideally, integrate with your existing technology stack. ownCloud was designed from the ground up to interoperate seamlessly in an ecosystem of applications, tools and utilities. While end users rave about ownCloud’s ease of use, IT values how ownCloud integrates with the existing technology stack. And ownCloud’s published APIs, mobile libraries and open standards deliver an infinitely extendable file sharing foundation for the enterprise.

Enjoy the benefits of both worlds with ownCloud—Comfort of a Public Cloud AND Security of a Private Cloud Security. Keep IT in control with ownCloud!

What Customers are Saying

ownCloud is the choice of organizations across the globe as they look to share files securely, enable access to unstructured data through a single plane.

ownCloud offers the flexible access and extensibility we need. With integrated authentication, secure access controls, and the ability to customize to our specific requirements, ownCloud serves as a key building block and a critical part of Wind River’s overall delivery solution. Scott Fenton, Chief Information Officer at Wind River
Our pilot service with ownCloud meets the users' requirements for platform integration, usability and ease of access. Therefore we are currently scaling up the pilot service to expose it to a larger user community. The open source aspect of ownCloud is the key element for future integration and extension in our environment. We see a potential for the ownCloud platform to evolve from a system focused on handling document files into a system for handling scientific datasets on a larger scale. Dr Jakub T. Moscicki, IT Data Storage Services at CERN

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