(CANCELED)ownCloud.org - FOSS alternative to cloud data storage
Speaker(s) : Frank Karlitschek
- Date : Tuesday 10 July 2012
- Schedule : 11h00
- Duration : 40 minutes
- Place : Uni Mail R290
The advantages of storing data in the cloud are many: ubiquitous access to data from multiple devices, social interaction and sharing with others on the web and no extra software to install. However, in exchange for this privilege, YOUR data is often stored on — and even OWNED by — one of several organizations — none of which easily allow interaction or sharing of data among them. Besides these convenience issues, there are also problems with privacy and security as well as the potential for one hardware failure to make the data of thousands of users impossible to access. Taken together, the cloud is not perfect.
ownCloud is the first and most ubiquitous FOSS solution to run on the server or computer of the user or on an internal company server — giving the user the benefits of cloud computing and control of the data. ownCloud integrates with desktop applications so that the users has cloud features combined with the security and the good cost structure of in house file servers.
ownCloud is a very active open source project which was founded in 2010 and has seen enormous growth since than. The main features are syncing and sharing of file, encryption, calendar and contacts syncing, media player, photo gallery and more.
This talk will give attendees an overview of this market, a quick tutorial on getting ownCloud running in their organizations as well as an audience-driven discussion on current and future plans for the project.
Frank Karlitschek is a long time open source contributor and board member of the KDE e.V. He managed engineering teams for over 10 years and worked as head of unit and managing director at different internet companies. Since 2007 he is heading a startup which develops social networking and e-commerce products for several fortune 500 companies. In 2010 he started the ownCloud project and is leading the community project since then. In 2011 he fouded ownCloud Inc. together with Markus Rex to offer commercial services around ownCloud.