Nextcloud is a self-hosted open source content collaboration platform that provides the benefits of online collaboration without the compliance and security risks, and helps you enhance your productivity and communication within the team.
A content collaboration platform (CCP) is a platform designed to facilitate content productivity and collaboration in an organization. A CCPs are an evolution of Enterprise File Sync and Share solutions (EFSS) and typically enable collaborative editing of documents, supports video and text chat, task management and basic content management and workflow capabilities.
What makes Nextcloud so popular for team collaboration?
With over 400.000 deployments, Nextcloud is the most popular open source self-hosted content collaboration platform you can download. It scales from a Raspberry Pi with 2 users to globally distributed installations with tens of millions of users at major hosting providers.
There is no need to compromise with outsourcing. Rather than hosting your sensitive company data with a third party, keep it 100% under control of your IT team while offering the highly secure access and communication facilities that your employees need to be productive.
An easy, familiar user interface means efficient work. Nextcloud is unique by offering the most extensive built in communication and collaboration technology in the industry, negating the complexity of running and connecting multiple separate solutions like document collaboration software, file sync and share tools, video conferencing and more.
Nextcloud offers industry-first, unique solutions like Video Verification, machine-learning-driven suspicious login detection, extensive multi-factor authentication solutions and more. Extensive logging and monitoring show users, administrators and auditors the exact flow of data and who had access at what time.
Hub integrates the four key Nextcloud products Files, Talk, Groupware and Office into a single platform, optimizing the flow of collaboration.
Nextcloud Files offers an on-premise Universal File Access and sync platform with powerful collaboration capabilities and desktop, mobile and web interfaces.
Nextcloud Talk delivers on-premises, private audio/video conferencing and text chat through browser and mobile interfaces with integrated screen sharing and SIP integration.
Nextcloud Groupware integrates Calendar, Contacts, Mail and other productivity features to help teams get their work done faster, easier and on your terms.
Nextcloud is committed to provide self hosted open source cloud file storage technology that is a perfect fit for the privacy and security of your enterprise
The main issue with team collaboration solutions like Google Apps and Office 365 is data sovereignty. To use these platforms, enterprises have to hand over their sensitive data to the vendor. This brings security and compliance risks.
A wide range of work-arounds for this problem exist, from complicated key management solutions to external encryption tools. But despite the added costs and complexity they bring, the fundamental issue remains that one has to ultimately trust the vendor with their data.
The vast majority of businesses has existing hosting and storage solutions in place, monitored and certified through the years. Building on this existing base using an on-premises solution gives a massive advantage in terms of quick deployment, compliance and security.
Nextcloud has emerged as the most deployed file sync collaboration tool in this space, delivering the widest range of integrated capabilities with the highest security standards.
Whatever your company does to enforce compliance, some of your enterprise data is already floating in one or more SaaS clouds.
People have to get work done and new generations of employees know what tools they want. So they share documents as mail attachments to Gmail addresses, use Trello or share with Dropbox. The question is not “to Cloud or not to Cloud” but “which Cloud?” and “how to re-gain control?”
Most consumer-grade solutions like Dropbox or Office 365 were not designed with privacy regulations and security concerns in mind, mixing data from consumers and businesses, spread out in data centers across the globe.
Rather than trying to work around their limitations, Nextcloud Files provides a security-first solution which puts IT in complete control over the location and access policies of data with a hybrid, private or lcoally hosted trusted cloud solution.
Nextcloud offers the most comprehensive, deeply integrated on-premises collaboration platform on the market, replacing dozens of other tools. Switching between these different tools is more than cumbersome and inefficient: it also increases the chance for mistakes that can result in data leaks.
Where competitors rely on a ‘support team’ walling you off from the engineering knowledge you need, Nextcloud provides direct access to the real experts. After all, you need to get work done and can’t afford first having to go through the “did you try to turn it off and on again” conversation before you get taken serious.
Unlike most competitors, Nextcloud has been battle-hardened by extensive usage in a wide variety of scenarios. From an intuitive interface, crucial to keep support requests down at large universities, to extensive security features required in the financial sector, Nextcloud has been tuned to deliver what is needed to work efficiently.
Equally important, each of its capabilities can be tuned and, if needed, disabled, ensuring a minimum attack surface and less opportunities for costly mistakes.
Users can access data on a FTP drive shared with another company, fully subject to the strict control by IT; while data stored on an external object storage could be encrypted using server-side encryption so the storage provider has no way to compromise their security.
Meanwhile, files from a specific team can be enforced to be end-to-end encrypted on their clients, protecting their files from even the worst case of a full server breach.
In the back-end, IT can use a mix of local NFS or SharePoint storage, public S3 compatible storage and even blockchain technology to find the perfect mix between performance, reliability, security and cost.
The layered approach to security makes sure users have the maximum amount of productivity in their web interface while making sure sensitive data receives the ultimate protection, client-to-client. Keeping it all in a single solution simplifies management and avoids mistakes from users or IT departments that might cause costly data leaks.
With military-grade security and first-class communication and collaboration technology, Nextcloud offers the full array of functions needed to do due dilligence without giving up control over your data.
A content collaboration platform (CCP) is a platform designed to facilitate content productivity and collaboration in an organization.
Businesses need a content collaboration platform to streamline content creation, enhance collaboration among team members, improve version control, and ensure consistent branding and messaging across different channels.
Key features to consider include real-time collaboration tools, version control, access permissions, integration with other software, document storage, and user-friendly interfaces.
Most CCPs prioritize security, offering encryption, access controls, and audit trails to protect sensitive content. It’s essential to choose a CCP with robust security measures and compliance certifications. The most secure CCPs are self-hosted, where enterprises have total control of their data
Yes, some content collaboration platforms like Nextcloud are completely free and open source, offering a rich features list.