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Author Topic: owncloud - alternative to big brand backups  (Read 3399 times)
mahesh2k
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« on: May 10, 2012, 02:49:34 PM »

I am tired of google and microsoft starting some services and then closing due to lack of customers. I found that some of the hosting services are coming out with owncloud software.

There are two sites that offer such solutions - getfreecloud and owncube with free plans.

http://owncloud.org/

I am using owncube by the way.
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2012, 11:19:17 PM »

You told us about two sites and then gave us a link to a separate, third site.

owncloud.org doesn't work for me, btw.

http://isitup.org/owncloud.org
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 01:43:36 AM »

If big parties like Microsoft and Google back out of this market because of lack of customers, why wouldn't a relatively small/new party like owncloud not back out/disappear if business isn't as expected? You'd be bitten by a mouse instead of either the cat or the dog...
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 02:51:47 AM »

If big parties like Microsoft and Google back out of this market because of lack of customers, why wouldn't a relatively small/new party like owncloud not back out/disappear if business isn't as expected? You'd be bitten by a mouse instead of either the cat or the dog...

You run ownCloud on your own web server, (or in the web space your ISP gives you), it's a set of PHP scripts - I tried it on my XAMPP server and accessing it via WebDAV was very slow, (possibly due to my ADSL rate but still, boring old FTP is so much faster).

So it doesn't really matter what happens to any other player in the market - it's your cloud server on your hardware.



From what I understand, GetFreeCloud and OwnCube are just two providers that use ownCloud and provide free accounts - so not really unrelated Deo smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012, 05:27:45 AM »

Ah, I missed that 'Got a server?' detail when scanning the page, thanks thumbs up
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2012, 05:30:13 AM »

@Deozaan, I posted the link to the open source project that lets you setup owncloud on VPS/Dedicated server. From that site you can find the other service that offers free and paid plan for storage. I used free plan from owncube for hosting my wordpress backups.

@ATH, I think you're ignoring the facts that these big brands do have an alternative which are running even before the products from big-brands. You can browse the list of dropped google, MS and other big brand projects and compare them with startup projects which are doing fine on their own after the collapse of big-brand services. Take example of evernnote vs google bookmarks(which is next in the list for shutting down), MSN spaces vs wordpress and many more. So using big brands product is quite risky compared to using startup products.

Also agree with 4wd, it is quite slow for the web interface but there is desktop client to browse and upload the files. That worked for me on ubuntu.
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012, 07:12:20 AM »

Ah, I missed that 'Got a server?' detail when scanning the page, thanks thumbs up

Me too ... Actually I missed the whole damn thread yesterday somehow. This really is a rather interesting option.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2012, 08:03:38 AM »

... it is quite slow for the web interface but there is desktop client to browse and upload the files. That worked for me on ubuntu.

Yes, I don't think the sync clients were there when I first tried it out - they make it a rather more interesting option.

Might have to look at it again.
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012, 01:46:05 PM »

What's the difference between OwnCloud.com and OwnCloud.org?
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 07:22:18 PM »

What's the difference between OwnCloud.com and OwnCloud.org?

I think the front page answers that question Wink



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Boston, MA – April 3, 2012 – ownCloud Inc., the commercial entity behind the popular open source enterprise file sync and share project, today launched commercial offerings based on Version 3 of the community edition, bringing business-class flexibility and security to the file sync and share market.

As a guess, being "based" on the Community Edition means it probably has more features than it, kind of like NexentaStor.
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2012, 08:14:21 PM »

I have installed some ownCloud, and while I like its general concept, it still lacks the easiness of my Dropbox, and I (personally) don't have any use for its other sync plug-ins.

And it is ugly.
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