Students and staff at research and educational organizations handle large amounts of data. Papers are written, reviewed and read; data is gathered, shared and analyzed; and models are built.
Working seamlessly on these large amounts of data across multiple platforms, departments and institutions in a easy and efficient way is paramount. Universities need a scalable, reliable and easy to use solution under full control of the IT department. The Nextcloud Education Edition provides exactly that!
The Nextcloud Education Edition is a bundle of about a dozen Nextcloud apps available for easy installation within the Nextcloud interface. The apps have been developed for the educational market in collaboration with research institutions and software vendors active in the educational sector. See below for a selection of the included apps.
The Moodle integration offers users the ability to access files from Nextcloud, adding, removing or sharing them from within Moodle. More features are in development through a collaboration between Moodle Pty Ltd and Nextcloud GmbH.
The Zenodo Publishing app enables researchers to publish papers on the popular Zenodo.org platform, developed and supported by European Science Accellerators CERN.
Educational organizations often use SAML, Shibboleth and Kerberos. These and more authentication mechanisms are available in the Education Edition.
Developed for DeiC, the collective of Danish universities, Circles facilitates the collaboration in always-changing groups that students and teachers participate in.
The Dashboard app came from a collaboration with regio iT and is used at hundreds of schools in Europe. It provides a quick overview of file changes, calendar events and more.
The Group Folders app enables administrators to create special folders available to users of designated groups. These can not be unshared or removed, making sure access is always possible.
Learn more about the Education Edition in the announcement.
Special GEÁNT pricing is available for research and educational organizations.
Ease of use
Usability is crucial for productivity and thus a key focus for Nextcloud. Many of our customers in the educational market chose Nextcloud explicitly for its ease of use.
Privately, students are used to consumer clouds from Google, Apple, Microsoft, Dropbox and others which make sharing, editing and communicating a breeze. A first requirement for any secure solution to replace them is that it does not force complexity on the user. Forbidding usage of Dropbox or other public clouds will not make them disappear unless a credible alternative is provided!
Nextcloud is as easy to use as public non-enterprise clouds, providing users a comfortable, familiar workspace.
Students and teachers have a variety of classes and work in always-changing teams and groups. Nextcloud supports their workflow with the Circles app, enabling users to create, share, join and leave groups of their own in which they can collaborate and share.
Universities can not dictate what devices are used by the students and need to support a wide range of tablets, phones, laptop and desktop operating systems. Nextcloud has excellent Android and iOS clients as well as Windows, Mac and Linux desktop apps that make data accessible on any device.
Universities deal with large amounts of data. In 2014, students at the TU Berlin had 10GB of storage assigned, growing to 30GB quota for students and 100GB for staff in 2017. The TU Berlin's 22.000 users are storing 70TB of data and changing over 80.000 files out of a total of over 100 million every day.
Nextcloud handles such numbers with ease as evident at universities around the globe.
Nextcloud Global Scale delivers a true globally scalable solution for deployments with hundreds of millions of users, giving unprecedented control over the locality of data and delivering dramatic cost reductionGlobal Scale
Your users are not confined to your Nextcloud server.
Federation allows them to collaborate with users on other Nextcloud, Pydio or ownCloud servers!
Nextcloud integrates in the university infrastructure with support for SAML and Shibboleth, LDAP, Kerberos, Oauth and other often used authentication mechanisms and runs on all enterprise Linux systems offering support options to match their life cycle.
Data storage can be one or multiple NFS, Object Storage, Samba or a variety of other powerful storage mechanisms. This way Nextcloud provides seamless access to data on existing storage mechanisms, respecting access control limitations and transparently handling changes on the underlying storage layer.