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Store, Share and Connect with Your Own Private Cloud: ownCloud

Store, Share and Connect with Your Own Private Cloud: ownCloud | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"ownCloud helps enterprises concerned about sensitive data leakage via Dropbox deliver a secure file sync and share solution on site, on their storage, integrated with their infrastructure and security systems, managed to their policies. The result is an easy-to-use solution that provides complete control over sensitive corporate data." from source: https://owncloud.com


Via Robin Good, ghbrett
ghbrett's insight:

This is a solution that makes a lot of sense to me. Keeping the curation and management of content locally will allow personal and enterprise installations to share content among their community. 

 

Be sure to read @RobinGoods' comments below that are much more detailed than mine.

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Robin Good's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:20 PM


If you are looking for a good and safe alternative to Drobox or Box.net here is one: Owncloud is an open source software which you can install on your own web server and which provides you not only with full file storage and sharing capabilties, but also with the ability to connect directly to other file storage services and to run HTML5 apps.


Excerpted from the Techcrunch review: "OwnCloud is a free software suite, written in PHP, that provides file storage, synchronization, and sharing. It provides the same basic features of Dropbox or Box.net."


"The core ownCloud offering is file storage and synchronization. You also get optional contacts and calendar synchronization, if you want to use it. As an open source application, you can install it on any computer you control. This means you know how and where your data is stored, something which existing hosted solutions abstract away from you. Individuals and enterprises can install ownCloud on their own hardware, and define access policies according to their own needs."


"...the ownCloud mobile client can automatically upload pictures taken from your phone."


"...ownCloud can be connected to third-party storage like Dropbox or Google Drive or even an FTP server. These are read-write connections, allowing you to use third-party storage in whatever ways make sense for you..."


"...ownCloud supports HTML5 applications, allowing you to add all sorts of additional functionality. The ownCloud app catalog has dozens of apps."


(Source: Techcrunch)


Overview: https://owncloud.com/owncloud-overview


Download and subscriptions: https://owncloud.com/owncloud-subscriptions


Find out more: https://owncloud.com/







Steve Vaitl's curator insight, February 26, 2013 12:19 PM

Want your own private cloud drive?

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NASA - Flagship Initiatives

NASA - Flagship Initiatives | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Nebula is an open-source cloud computing platform that was developed to provide an easily quantifiable and improved alternative to building additional expensive data centers and to provide an easier way for NASA scientists and researchers to share large, complex data sets with external partners and the public.

... Cloud computing is a significant departure from the traditional IT infrastructure model. It will require technical training as well as a shift in how our teams and programs think about IT resources. This shift will require us to change budgeting, procurement, workflow, and our approach toward processing, storing, and accessing data. As a mission-driven Agency that is reliant upon data, we will need to provide adequate education and training to employees and contractors for greater adoption." -from source: http://www.nasa.gov/open/plan/nebula.html

ghbrett's insight:

NASA has often been a leader in education and training using new media and emerging technologies. Here is one more instance of that. It is especially important in that it is an open-source project for a cloud-computing platform for dealing with Big Data. Big Data is another emerging technology that this project will serve as a model for other agencies to adopt. The training materials developed for the project should prove worth while as content and as models for other training programs in organizations and agencies.

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:27 AM

NASA has often been a leader in education and training using new media and emerging technologies. Here is one more instance of that. It is especially important in that it is an open-source project for a cloud-computing platform for dealing with Big Data. Big Data is another emerging technology that this project will serve as a model for other agencies to adopt. The training materials developed for the project should prove worth while as content and as models for other training programs in organizations and agencies.