The ideal tool for sharing files across your team!
August 27, 2019

The ideal tool for sharing files across your team!

João Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with ownCloud

In our research group, we used ownCloud for cloud services such as file syncing as well as file sharing—even large files—with others members of the team. It allows us to store files and share them among different people and have our own individual folders. We don't need to worry about forgetting files, because we can always reach out over the net to retrieve them.
  • Open plaform, one can federate with others' OwnCloud and share files.
  • Easy to upload and download documents.
  • Scalable and lightweight solution for cloud storing.
  • The Web user interface can be a little be slow sometimes.
  • No online video viewer by default.
  • No online document editor.
  • Maintenance is very simple for Linux developers.
  • Enhanced organization and increased productivity.
  • It is a suitable option for institutions that pay cloud hosting and that can this way save money every month.
The most important advantage for our research group is security and access control to our files, which cannot be guaranteed with 3rd party services

The sync client is great and outperforms OneDrive for sure and sometimes even Google Drive depending on the number and size of the files.

If you already have your own home-lab or server room, it's really not expensive to buy a couple hard drives and have TBs of storage. Compared to any other online solution, it's really not expensive.
The documentation available is good and eases the task of learning how to use the service. For setting up a server and configure everything, the available information is also suitable for Linux developers. I have never request the official support from ownCloud team, so I cannot rate that kind of assistance.
I'd easily recommend ownCloud to small businesses or teams within organizations. I've not used ownCloud in large deployments, so I'd hesitate before suggesting it in a situation where more than 10 users need support. That said, ownCloud is easy to set up and multiple instances could be used to service a large user base.

ownCloud Feature Ratings

Versioning
9
Video files
7
Audio files
7
Document collaboration
8
Access control
10
File search
9
Device sync
9
User and role management
9
File organization
8
Device management
7
Performance
9
Reliability
9
Storage Reports
8

Using ownCloud

OwnCloud is easy for me to use, and I believe it would be for others too. The barrier for most people will be the set up. For a technology professional like myself, ownCloud's setup is pretty straightforward, but it's not the sort of thing most casual users will be able to handle. Also, it's on the user to maintain the service. These can be taken care of by paying someone to do it for you.