Nextcloud - Amazing Self-Hosted Web File Storage That's Right Up There With the Big Two
May 17, 2021

Nextcloud - Amazing Self-Hosted Web File Storage That's Right Up There With the Big Two

Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Nextcloud

We previously used Nextcloud as a front-end for an external file shares (Windows SMB) before migrating to a full OneDrive and SharePoint solution in order to provide web-based access to files and folders in our file shares. This allowed us to support access to those files and folders by users outside of the office or those inside the office using Chrome, Android, iOS and other devices.
  • Very intuitive interface.
  • Superb synchronization agent.
  • Integration with AD/LDAP, external file sources, and other tools is top-notch.
  • Wide variety of "apps" (plugins).
  • Large PHP single-page layout can be unwieldy.
  • It allowed us access to our files from any device over the internet.
  • It helped manage and organize our file sharing with third parties.
  • It provided a secure wrapper for accessing files.
As an offshoot (fork) of ownCloud, Nextcloud has a slightly better feature set and more integrations. Both products perform their core function of web-based file access admirably, but Nextcloud has gone above and beyond with the recent release of Hub in version 21. That it is now almost a drop-in replacement for Zoom and other web-based conference tools amazed me. We only keep the other tools because of the dial-in capability that WebRTC based tools like Hub do not have.

Do you think Nextcloud delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Nextcloud's feature set?

Yes

Did Nextcloud live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Nextcloud go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Nextcloud again?

Yes

When users needed to get their files and folders while outside of the network (such as at home or a remote location) they would normally use our agent-based SD-WAN to connect using Windows devices to their provisioned resources. However, when using other devices this was not always possible, and so Nextcloud served to meet this access need well. It is also highly useful as a personal or business-user storage tool on its own, and the recent advancements in their web collaboration, online office tools, and other apps have made this an extremely versatile platform. It is almost, in and of itself, a suite that can replace Office 365 or Google Workspaces for those shops that need to keep data local but provide web access to it.

Nextcloud Feature Ratings

Versioning
8
Video files
8
Audio files
8
Document collaboration
10
Access control
10
File search
10
Device sync
10
User and role management
8
File organization
9
Device management
8
Performance
10
Reliability
10
Storage Reports
10