Alternative to OwnCloud – Why FileCloud is better for Business File Sharing?

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FileCloud competes with OwnCloud in the Enterprise File Sync and Share space. Both systems work across all the popular desktop OSes (Windows, Mac and Linux) and mobile OSes (iOS, Android) and offer all the basics expected out of EFSS: Unlimited File Versioning, Audit Logs, Desktop Sync Client and User Management.

The feature comparisons between FileCloud and OwnCloud Enterprise are as follows:

 FileCloudOwnCloud Enterprise
Pricing
Business Model$/user license$/user license
Pricing for 50 users/year22009000
Hosting Options & Features
On Premise/Self-HostedYesYes
Multi-TenancyYesNo
Storage, Sync & Backup Features
Storage SyncYesYes
Large File Support, max file sizeYesYes
Supported Local StorageYesYes
Storage LimitationUnlimitedUnlimited
Endpoint Backup (Multiple folders)YesNo
ServerLink (Cross-Site Replication)YesNo
Mobile Features
Mobile OS CompatibilityiOS, Android, Windows PhoneiOS, Android
iOS, Android Media backupYesYes
Activity Streams, CommentsYesNo
Offline SyncYesNo
Desktop Clients
Desktop Sync – Cross Platform (Windows, Mac, Linux)YesYes
Desktop Drive – Cross Platform (Windows, Mac)NoNo
Microsoft Office Add-onNoNo
Cloud Features
File SharingYesYes
Secure AccessYesYes
Granular Sub Folder PermissionsYesNo
Team FoldersYesNo
Free Limited UsersYesNo
Document Web Edit (Collabora)YesYes
Document Web Edit (Office Online Server)YesNo
Customization
Customization, BrandingCustom branding, White label, Email Templates, TOS etcCustom branding, White label, Email templates, ToS Policies etc
Security, Access Control & Existing File Systems Integration
Integrate – Existing Home DirectoriesYesYes
NTFS SupportYesYes
Network Share SupportYesYes
Network Share VersioningYesNo
Active Directory SupportYesYes
Multiple Active DirectoryYesNo
Single Sign-OnYesYes
Built-in Ransomware ProtectionYesNo
SAML AuthenticationYesYes
Data At Rest EncryptionYesYes
Two Factor Authentication(2FA)YesYes
File LockingYesNo
Extensibility
API SupportYesYes
Zapier IntegrationYesNo
Chrome Browser ExtensionsYesNo
Sharepoint pluginNoYes
E-signatureUnder DevelopmentNo
Amazon S3/OpenStack SupportYesYes
Audit & Admin Tools
Access and Monitoring ControlYesNo
Mobile Device Management (Block devices, remote wipe, notification to devices)YesNo
Audit ReportsYesYes
Geo IP Access ReportsYesNo
File Analytics & Reporting (Summary of Client Applications per OS & Type, User Shares, Active Files Managed, File Type Distribution)YesNo
Role Based AdministrationYesYes

From the outside looking-in, the offerings look similar. However, the approach to the feature offerings is different in satisfying enterprises’ primary need for easy access to their files without compromising privacy, security and control. The fundamental areas of difference are as follows:

Feature Integration: OwnCloud depends on their app integration to provide a complete set of features. Due to the nature of integrations, access to simple features is not intuitive. FileCloud’s feature integration is seamless and mimics a typical SaaS application. The built-in tightly integrated features will help enterprises manage users and servers very easily.

Installation & Setup: OwnCloud’s setup was straightforward. However, the application was bare out of the box. And, OwnCloud’s half-baked platform/app model didn’t help. FileCloud’s installation & setup is as easy as OwnCloud and will satisfy any enterprise in the market for an EFSS solution. The feature packed FileCloud solution is easy to get it up and running full-fledged.

User Interface: OwnCloud’s UI leaves a lot to be desired. FileCloud’s UI is light years beyond OwnCloud.

Feature benefits of FileCloud over OwnCloud

Mobile Device Management: FileCloud offers MDM as part of the private cloud file sharing solution. The tighter integration of MDM to FileCloud makes it easy for enterprises to have one complete solution. Some of the key FileCloud MDM features are as follows:

Unified Device Management Console – FileCloud’s unified device management console provides simplified access to managing mobile devices enabled to access enterprise data, irrespective of whether the device is enterprise owned, employee owned, mobile platform or device type. Manage and control of thousands of iOS and Android, devices in FileCloud’s secure, browser-based dashboard. FileCloud’s administrator console is intuitive and requires no training or dedicated staff. FileCloud’s MDM works on any vendor’s network — even if the managed devices are on the road, at a café, or used at home.

Remote Block/Wipe – Administrator can selectively block a specific client device from logging into the FileCloud server. Besides blocking a client device from logging in, the administrator can also wipe FileCloud folders in the remote device.

Device Commands and Messaging – Ability to send on-demand messages to any device connecting to FileCloud, provides administrators a powerful tool to interact with the enterprise workforce. Any information on security threats or access violations can be easily conveyed to the mobile users. Above all messages are with no SMS cost.

Endpoint Backup: FileCloud provides the ability to backup user data from any computer running Windows, Mac or Linux to FileCloud. Users can schedule a backup and FileCloud automatically backs up the selected folders at the scheduled time.

Administrator Dashboard: FileCloud’s administrator dashboard provides a single page view of server health, user statistics, license information, disk usage and new user/file additions.

Pricing

OwnCloud:

Enterprises must buy commercial apps to satisfy basic requirements expected out of any basic EFSS solutions. OwnCloud just provide support contracts for a 50 user package that amounts to $9000/year.

FileCloud:

Enterprises get one simple solution with all features bundled. For the same 50 user package, the cost is $2200/year, less than 1/4th of OwnCloud.

Conclusion

The preference for enterprises will depend on whether to rely on an OwnCloud solution that provides support contracts at an expensive price or FileCloud solution that provides product upgrades and support at a very affordable price.

Here’s a comprehensive comparison that shows why FileCloud stands out as the best EFSS solution.

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