BOSTON, Oct. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ownCloud, the popular open source file sync and share project, released its latest free community edition today, adding cool new features like video streaming, mounting of third-party storage, like GoogleDrive and Dropbox, a presentation player and new address book and contact sharing.
ownCloud, Inc., the company behind ownCloud, also released the latest commercial versions today.
Built through active community development and support, the latest ownCloud also features significantly faster uploading, downloading and syncing of files - even very large files, greater and more granular administrative control and adds innovative features like sub-admins for groups - the ability to assign a sub-administrator to a group to handle account management, desktop fast syncing - which reduces server load and enhances the sync algorithm for a faster, quicker, better sync with far less load on the server, enhanced permissions - more granular permissions so end users can determine who can do what with shared data. The latest ownCloud also includes a new app to automatically update it and a basic HTML5 presentation program.
"ownCloud gives our community a great product, with the capabilities and features they need to control their data," said Frank Karlitschek, founder of ownCloud. "One of my favorite new features is the ability for admins and users to mount external storage. For the first time, ownCloud can provide a common sharing platform across a half dozen different storage back ends and combine them into one logical access point. The video streaming is pretty cool too."
Unlike simple apps like Dropbox and Box, which store data at remote third-party data centers, ownCloud can be deployed on a server user's controls or even on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or home desktop as a server.
With more than 650,000 users world-wide, ownCloud offers the ease-of-use of Dropbox, with the flexibility, sophistication and security that can only be provided by software installed on site. ownCloud users can host their own data sync and share services on their own hardware and storage, use popular public hosting and storage offerings, or both - true hybrid cloud storage.
About the ownCloud Community
ownCloud began at a KDE community event in 2010, aiming to bring greater flexibility, access and security to data in the cloud. ownCloud enables universal access to files through the widely implemented WebDAV standard, providing a platform to easily view and sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks across devices while supporting sharing, viewing and editing via the web interface. Installation has minimal server requirements, doesn't need special permissions and is quick. ownCloud is extendable via a simple, powerful API for applications. For more information, please visit: http://www.owncloud.org.
About ownCloud Inc.
Based on the popular ownCloud open source community project, ownCloud Inc. was founded in 2011 to bring greater flexibility, access and security to unstructured data in enterprises. Company headquarters are in Boston, with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, visit: http://www.owncloud.com.