GÉANT Association and ownCloud, Inc., the open source-based, on-premises file sync and share provider, have agreed on a favoured-pricing scheme for GÉANT members and their constituencies. This agreement serves to facilitate the desire of various national research and education networking organisations (NRENs) to introduce services based on ownCloud technology and / or to offer the technology to their constituencies.
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GÉANT Assocaition secures ownCloud favoured pricing for members
Under the agreement, GÉANT national and international members and their users and members can purchase ownCloud licences for a discount, with further reductions possible in future, depending on the level of aggregated demand. GÉANT non-European peers are also eligible, subject to separate bilateral agreements (MoU) with GÉANT.
ownCloud installs easily on a web server, enabling institutions to host their own file sync and share, giving IT complete control of their data whether using on-premises or cloud storage. It has more than a million users worldwide.
SURFnet and SWITCH were the first GÉANT member organisations to incorporate ownCloud into the services offered to their members and users already in 2014. Since then, a number of other NRENs and Universities opted in to the agreement exploiting the joint buying power of the community.
"GÉANT's task force on data storage solutions (TF-Storage) looked at many alternatives of which ownCloud offered the unique combination of on-premises, integrated software (for compliance, control and privacy), open source (for openness and extensibility) and storage agnosticism (for flexibility and cost savings)," said Peter Szegedi, Project Development Officer at GÉANT Amsterdam Office. "With the favoured pricing negotiated with ownCloud, GEANT's national and international members, including universities and other institutes within their constituencies, get a cost-effective, secure, compliant way to share their data world-wide and deploy private cloud infrastructure based on ownCloud technology."
"ownCloud is rapidly becoming the favoured file sync and share solution for research and education," said Steve Green, ownCloud's Vice President of sales. "Research and educational institutions face many regulatory and legal hurdles and have incredibly sensitive data. Only by controlling how end users share that data can they leap those hurdles."
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About ownCloud Inc.
Based on the popular ownCloud open source file sync and share community project, ownCloud Inc. was founded in 2011 to give corporate IT greater control of their data - combining greater flexibility, openness and extensibility with on-premise servers and storage. Company headquarters are in Lexington, MA, with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany: ownCloud.
Running period: January 2014 - N / A