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    OwnCloud Raises $6.3M for Open Source File Sync in the Enterprise

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    Building on the latest version of its open source file synchronization software, ownCloud this week announced that the newly released ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition gives IT administrators more granular control over how and when files are accessed.

    In addition, ownCloud announced today that it has raised an additional $6.3 million to fund its campaign to provide internal IT organizations with software that allows them to manage file synchronization within the context of their own systems.

    Matt Richards, vice president of products for ownCloud, says that with more than 1.3 million users, ownCloud has emerged as a viable alternative to file synchronization services in the cloud that can introduce a host of governance and compliance issues for internal IT organizations.

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    The latest version of ownCloud also includes tighter integration with Jive social-networking software for the enterprise via Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) and support for application programming interfaces (APIs) that make it easier to integrate ownCloud with mobile computing apps.

    The existence of a file sharing technology that is delivered via a private cloud may not on its own deter end users from using public services such as Dropbox.com. But the only way IT organizations can try to steer them away from using external file sharing is to offer users an internal option of their own.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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