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OwnCloud vs. FileCloud – FileCloud is the Leading Owncloud Alternative, Especially on Windows

Home Compare vs Competitors OwnCloud vs FileCloud

Why FileCloud is the Best OwnCloud alternative?

OwnCloud Enterprise edition is a file sharing program allowing you to have control of your own data and provides certain security features for your enterprise. Is there anything remarkable or uniqueness to OwnCloud? Well, nothing substantial. On the other hand, FileCloud has been preferred by customers now and then as the best among OwnCloud alternatives. With features like full text search, federated search, ransomware protection, strong admin controls, better user interface than OwnCloud, and exceptional customer support, there is no reason to pay more money. Choose FileCloud, the best among all alternatives to OwnCloud.

Top 5 reasons why customers prefer FileCloud over OwnCloud

We asked a few of our customers who recently switched from OwnCloud to FileCloud. Here are the top 5 reasons why customer switched from OwnCloud to FileCloud

  • Product Quality – FileCloud is more mature and stable
  • Mobile Apps – FileCloud Mobile apps are order of magnitude better than OwnCloud Mobile apps
  • Simple to Use – The user experience (UX) of FileCloud is better than the OwnCloud
  • Better Windows Integration – Integrates with AD, NTFS, Office Online, Office 365
  • ROI – FileCloud’s pricing ($2500 for 50 users) vs OwnCloud pricing ($9000 for 50 users)

More reasons which make FileCloud a better OwnCloud Enterprise alternative

FileCloud is a customizable solution and a robust enterprise file sharing solution. As a business, you get to use your own logo, customized login screen and you can also run FileCloud on your own domain. Unlimited free external partner/client accounts ensure thousands of dollars in savings. Other unique set of features include selective sync, unlimited Cloud storage, virtual drive, enhanced security features, backup and ransomware protection. All this at a much lower price than OwnCloud.

You don’t need to take our word at face value. You can try our product and come to your own conclusion. We assure that the exercise will be worthy of your time.

FileCloud is a better alternative to OwnCloud Windows server.

(FileCloud integrates with AD, NTFS, Office 365)

OwnCloud server does not support Microsoft Windows server. In Apr 2015, OwnCloud announced, “OwnCloud Server 8.1 Will Not Support Windows as Server Platform Natively.” You can find the OwnCloud’s rationale behind the decision to drop Windows Server support in their blog post. It seems to be a strategic decision from the OwnCloud team to focus on Linux and stop supporting OwnCloud Windows server.

Contrary to the OwnCloud team’s experience, we find Windows Servers are very stable platform to host FileCloud. 60-70% of our customers run FileCloud on Windows Server operating systems. Also, FileCloud on Windows has excellent integration capabilities with Active Directory, NTFS file permissions, and existing Windows shares. We are expanding our partnership with Microsoft to bring FileCloud on Windows 2012 OS to the Microsoft Azure marketplace. Starting FileCloud version 14, FileCloud fully integrates with on-premise Microsoft Office Online server.

Powerful admin features in FileCloud

Do you require more organizational workflow capabilities? With FileCloud you get role-based access, powerful admin reports, meta data management system and much more. Admin can control file/folder access, control user groups and assign appropriate permissions or restrictions whenever needed.

If you are still in doubt whether FileCloud is the absolute OwnCloud alternative to run on Windows Server, please check the following table, which compares OwnCloud vs FileCloud on features and pricing.

OwnCloud vs FileCloud

FileCloud OwnCloud Enterprise
Business Model $/user license $/user license
Pricing for 50 users/year $2500 $9000
Hosting Options & Features
On Premise/Self-Hosted yes yes
Multi-Tenancy yes no
Storage, Sync & Backup Features
Storage Sync yes yes
Large File Support, max file size yes yes
Supported Local Storage yes yes
Storage Limitation Unlimited Unlimited
Endpoint Backup (Multiple folders) yes no
ServerLink (Cross-Site Replication) yes no
Mobile Features
Mobile OS Compatibility iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS, Android
iOS, Android Media backup yes no
Activity Streams, Comments yes no
Offline Sync yes no
Desktop Clients
Desktop Sync – Cross Platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) yes yes
Desktop Drive – Cross Platform (Windows, Mac) yes yes
Microsoft Office Add-on yes yes
Cloud Features
File Sharing yes yes
Secure Access yes yes
Granular Sub Folder Permissions yes yes
Team Folders yes yes
Free Limited Users yes yes
Document Web Edit (Collabora) yes yes
Document Web Edit (Office Online Server) yes yes
Customization, Branding Custom branding, White label, Emails, ToS Policies etc Custom branding, White label, Emails, ToS Policies etc
Security, Access Control & Existing File Systems Integration
Integrate – Existing Home Directories yes yes
NTFS Support yes yes
Network Share Support yes yes
Network Share Versioning yes no
Active Directory Support yes yes
Multiple Active Directory yes no
Single Sign-On yes yes
Built-in Ransomware Protection yes yes
SAML Authentication yes yes
Data At Rest Encryption yes yes
Two Factor Authentication(2FA) yes yes
File Locking yes yes
API Support yes yes
Zapier Integration yes yes
Chrome Browser Extensions yes yes
Sharepoint plugin no yes
E-signature Under Development no
Amazon S3/OpenStack Support yes yes
Audit & Admin Tools
Access and Monitoring Control yes yes
Mobile Device Management (Block devices, remote wipe, notification to devices) yes no
Audit Reports yes yes
Geo IP Access Reports yes no
File Analytics & Reporting (Summary of Client Applications per OS & Type, User Shares, Active Files Managed, File Type Distribution) yes no
Role Based Administration yes yes
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FileCloud Features – Alternative to OwnCloud


Web Access


Mobile Apps

Desktop Sync Apps

Drive App

Microsoft Outlook Add-In

Administration Portal




FileCloud Direct Installation Windows Vista/7/8, Windows Server 2003/2008 64 bit (Installer), Ubuntu (deb), Redhat & CentOS(rpm)
FileCloud VM Installation OVF (VMWare Products, VirtualBox)
Run on your Own Premises using your own infrastructure Yes
Run on Own Domain Runs under your domain (Ex:
Full SSL Encryption support Yes
High Availability Setups Possible Yes
Authentication Active Directory, LDAP or Local Authentication
Storage Local Storage on Local HDD, NAS, SAN
Multi-Tenancy Serve multiple clients using a single instance
Company Network Shares Make any network shares accessible via FileCloud

Web Access

Supported Browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft IE 8 and later
Access, Browse, View Files and Folders Get your organization files from anywhere
Preview Microsoft DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, DOC, XLS, PPT files Instant Preview support for office documents without downloading
Download Files Download files to your PC for offline access
Download Entire Folders or Multiple Files as Zip Zip compression to facilitate faster downloads
Copy, Move, Delete Files or Folders Exhaustive file management functions
Automatic File Versioning Unlimited Automatic file versioning and recovery
Upload multiple files using drag and drop Easy uploading. Just drag and drop files to the browser window.
Play back media files (music and video)
Photo gallery support for jpeg and png images Gallery / Slideshow view for photos and pictures
Manage Favorite Files and Folder Locations
Automatic listing of most recently accessed files Shortcut to recently accessed files.
Search files and folders recursively Allows sub folder file search
Recycle Bin Support to restore deleted files Recover accidentally deleted files in 2 clicks.
WebDAV support Connect with many different client apps using WebDAV


Share Files and Folders to other users inside and outside the organization 1-Click file sharing and easy collaboration
Public Shares Allows anyone using a provided link to access files or folders
Private Secure Shares Allows only users having proper login credentials to access the share
Upload to Public Shares Yes
Share Permissions Read, Write, Re-sharing, *Sync (* only for managed storage)
Set Share Link Expiry Dates Time limited shares
Email Notifications for Shares Email notification for easy file sharing
File Change Notifications via email Keep up to date on what files are changing

Mobile Apps

Supported Mobile Platforms Mobile apps available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry
Access, Browse, View Files and Folders Yes
Download Files for Offline Access Yes
Manage all connected mobile devices directly via Admin Portal Yes
Remotely wipe all offline files in a mobile device Yes
Block a specific mobile device from logging in Yes
Download All Files in Folder for Offline Access Yes
Copy, Move, Delete Files or Folders Exhaustive file management functions
Upload files, photos, videos from your mobile Yes
Playback media files (music and video) YesNative media formats (mp4 and mp3)
Photo gallery support for jpeg and png images Yes
Manage Favorite Files and Folder Locations Yes
View Recently Accessed Files Yes
Share a file directly via Email Yes
Share a link to file or folder Yes
Open files in other apps installed on the device Yes

Desktop Sync Apps

Supported Platforms Windows Vista/7/8, Ubuntu, Mac OSX
Work Offline with your Managed Storage Cloud Files Yes
Work Offline with files shared with you Yes
Synchronize Files back to the Cloud when online automatically Yes
Upload many files and folders effortlessly Yes

Drive App

Supported Platforms Windows Vista/7/8
Desktop file access using mapped drives Yes
Mount cloud space as local drive Yes
Drag and Drop files Yes
Edit Documents directly Yes
File Caching Support Yes

Microsoft Outlook Add-In

Supported Versions Microsoft Outlook 2007 and above
Share files and folders from Cloud Yes
Upload files to Cloud Yes
Share as an attachment or link Yes

Administration Portal

Web based Centralized Administration Yes
Manage and Administer User Accounts Yes
Manage and Administer User Groups Yes
Manage and Administer External Network Shares Yes
1-Click Upgrade Process for Updating to New Versions Yes
Mobile Device Management Yes
Easy customization and branding using web interface Yes


Secure Socket layer Yes
Anti-Virus Integration Yes
PIN lock code for Mobile apps Yes
Full HIPAA Compliant Audit Trail Yes
Track all mobile devices attached to FileCloud Yes
Remote Wipe or Block certain mobile devices Yes


Customize all branding and logos Yes
Use your own domain name Yes
Customized Email Messages Yes
Use your own email server Yes
Language Localization Support Yes


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