The cloud is often both a curse and a blessing: on the one hand, it allows for location-independent storage and processing of data as well as smooth team collaboration from anywhere. On the other hand, it also requires enormous trust when one’s own data ends up on foreign servers – even legally, due to regulations such as the DSGVO, working in the cloud is not entirely trivial. More and more companies are therefore opting for self-hosted cloud instances on their own server. As an open source solution, ownCloud is a popular choice for this, which can be customized as desired using plugins. We show what options you have to find an ownCloud configuration that perfectly fits your needs.
For the basic ownCloud installation you don’t need much at first: a LAMP server running Ubuntu 16.04, Debian 7/8, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12/12 SP1 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux/Centos 6.5 and 7 with at least 128MB, more likely 512MB of free disk space is perfectly sufficient to get your own ownCloud instance up and running for now. If Linux system, the Apache server and the MySQL/PHP databases are ready for installation, you can download the installation package from the official ownCloud site – or, if you are using a server with Ubuntu, you can also find ownCloud in the standard package sources of the operating system.
After that, you can freely allow access over the Internet, enable users & roles, set up the ownCloud mobile apps and activate all monitoring & additional services you need for your work.
However, it only gets really interesting after the basic installation. You can customize, extend and personalize your own ownCloud as you wish. In the official <a href=”https://marketplace.owncloud.com/”>ownCloud Marketplace</a> you will find everything your heart desires to extend the feature set of your cloud with plugins directly from ownCloud or from official partners. You can also find our popular epiKshare plugins such as our <a href=”https://marketplace.owncloud.com/apps/e2eeshare”>E2EE solution epiKryption</a> here. Once you have identified your needs, you can thus easily integrate the appropriate add-on solutions and customize your ownCloud according to your own ideas. For example, if you use the Enterprise license of ownCloud, you can also have the user interface shine in your own company skin.
For those who want to go a step further because they can’t find what they are looking for in the Marketplace, one of the biggest advantages of open source solutions over proprietary software is that ownCloud’s open source allows you to easily develop your own plugins that are completely customized to your needs. Given the necessary know-how, there are virtually no limits to how freely you can customize and extend your private cloud.