Nextcloud https://nextcloud.com/ Regain control over your data Wed, 10 Apr 2024 12:53:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.4.3 https://nextcloud.com/c/uploads/2022/03/favicon.png Nextcloud https://nextcloud.com/ 32 32 Enterprise Day 2024 sponsor announcement: plusserver https://nextcloud.com/blog/enterprise-day-2024-sponsor-announcement-plusserver/ Thu, 11 Apr 2024 07:05:00 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=205506 Join us at Nextcloud Enterprise Day on April 24 in Munich and meet our sponsor, plusserver. Discover how they embody the pinnacle of 'cloud Made in Germany' with their commitment to data sovereignty and secure workplace solutions.

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In our final round of sponsor announcements for the Nextcloud Enterprise Day, we are delighted to highlight plusserver as one of our sponsors!

plusserver stands as a prime example of cloud innovation “Made in Germany.” In partnership with Nextcloud and HKN, they provide open-source workplace solutions that align with the strictest data protection standards, ensuring data security and autonomy.

Their most recent innovation, plusAI, is a dedicated platform for sovereign and secure AI, highlighting the importance of data sovereignty across their solutions. In cooperation with HKN, plusserver will be showcasing the advantages of their data sovereign cloud platform pluscloud open as a base for your Nextcloud installation and dive into the possibilities that future integrations and add ons will provide.

Circle April 24 in your calendar and register today to learn more about the innovation developed by plusserver and HKN at Nextcloud Enterprise Day.

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About plusserver

plusserver is recognized for its commitment to data sovereignty and digital autonomy, establishing itself as a cornerstone in the German cloud services market. With a history rich in innovation and security, plusserver offers GDPR-compliant cloud solutions, offering customers complete control and security of their data. As a founding member of Gaia-X, which aims to create a secure and reliable data infrastructure for Europe, plusserver champions open-source technologies and digital sovereignty.

Their sponsorship of Nextcloud Enterprise Day reflects their dedication to fostering a secure, open, and self-reliant digital ecosystem, alongside sovereign workplace solutions.

About Nextcloud Enterprise Day

Nextcloud Enterprise Day brings together the leaders and decision makers in the enterprise IT landscape. For one day, it provides a platform to foster innovation, exchange experience, and present unique stories behind Nextcloud implementation in various industries.

The agenda encompasses exclusive talks and workshops. Topics include digital sovereignty, the future of AI in business, building a secure and resilient cloud infrastructure, and more.

The April 2024 edition comes to Munich, a city in the heart of Bavaria famous for it’s unique mix of urban ambition, modernity and historical legacy.

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Microsoft slows antitrust case by unbundling Teams https://nextcloud.com/blog/microsoft-attempts-to-slow-antitrust-case-by-separating-teams/ Thu, 04 Apr 2024 06:23:00 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=206970 Microsoft attempts to delay antitrust action by separating Teams from Office, hoping to continue to abuse its market dominance while it 'negotiates' with the EU.

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As part of a trend of “malicious compliance” by big tech firms, news has emerged of an attempt by Microsoft to avoid antitrust fines. The video chat application Teams will be sold separate from the Microsoft 365 offering. However, there are no indications that Microsoft will stop bundling Teams in Microsoft Windows, nor separate its on-premises version of Office from its cloud offering, or separate OneDrive from its office bundle or desktop operating system. In short, it’s a very, very minimal move in the right direction by the industry giant, only aiming to placate the regulators and likely delay any enforcement activities in lieu of ‘negotiations’.

Logo of the Coalition for a level playing field supporting Nextcloud in its antitrust case against Microsoft

Nextcloud calls upon the regulators to look through this charade and not be deterred in their efforts to reign in the anti-competitive behavior of Microsoft.

Antitrust cases against Microsoft

There is a series of antitrust cases against Microsoft. The case by Slack resulted, 3 years after filing, in an investigation and is behind Microsoft making a minor concession here, following similar approaches by Apple as it tries to comply in the most minimal way with new EU regulations.

Early 2021, Nextcloud filed an antitrust complaint and, later that year, together with a coalition of some 30 NGO’s and other European tech companies, called publicly on the EU to take action. But, while it also has been well over 3 years, unfortunately there has not been any progress. It is unclear whether that is because the complaint came from a number of smaller companies, due to delay tactics by Microsoft or simply slow bureaucracy.

What it is definitely clear is that the regulators are not able to keep up with the pace at which technology moves and big tech firms abuse their power.

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Nextcloud releases Assistant 2.0 and pushes AI-as-a-Service https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-releases-assistant-2-0-and-pushes-ai-as-a-service/ Wed, 03 Apr 2024 13:00:02 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=206286 We bring you a major update to the Nextcloud AI Assistant, plus the news we work with several big hosting providers like IONOS and OVHcloud to bring AI-as-a-Service options to you!

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Today, we bring you a major update to the Nextcloud AI Assistant with Context Chat, Context Write, GPU acceleration, the ability to split off the Nextcloud server & AI server, and MUCH more! And for those without $100K GPU’s (you know who you are), we have also incredible news: we are working with several prominent European hosting companies, including IONOS and OVHcloud, to deliver AI-as-a-Service solutions that respect your privacy and digital sovereignty! For our US users and customers, there are already several companies offering AI-as-a-Service and some we support (OpenAI in particular) while others are in the works.

Introducing Assistant 2.0

With a nearly complete overhaul of the user interface AND how our AI Assistant works on the back-end, plus a ton of new, big features, we decided that this is the moment to call this the Assistant 2.0. Let’s go over what’s new, but first a short summary of where we are today!

Nextcloud has a ton of AI features, some big and elaborate, others more basic. Some train a neural network on your data, on your own server to give you a smart inbox in Mail or warnings about unexpected logins from Suspicious Login Detection. Others rely on a pre-trained network that can recognize faces and objects in photos, generate a transcript of your video call or modify text. We can also generate images, translate text and chat messages, and much more. Many of the features are accessible through our easy to use Nextcloud Assistant interface!

Nextcloud Assistant in Text

Many of these features can help you, save you time, or improve your productivity. And best of all: as always we focus on making all these services available of running on your own server. Given even the US Congress doesn’t trust ChatGPT or Microsoft CoPilot, there are good reasons to want control over the data send to and from an AI service! Our Ethical AI Rating system provides you transparency about the AI used to generate your text, image or classify your photos:

  • Is it open source? Can I study how it works and re-train or optimize the model for my needs?
  • Is the model freely available? Can I run it on my own server?
  • Is the training data open and available so I can inspect it for issues and re-train or optimize the model?

Learn more in our blog post about our approach to AI.

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Context Chat and Context Write

And now, let’s explore what’s new: The two biggest new features are Context Write and Context Chat. These both share a lot in common, both providing AI-assisted outputs for you, but they’re also distinctly different.

Context Chat, in short, is the ability for the Assistant to answer questions about your data. You can ask the Assistant questions about a document you have: Say, you have a PDF with the manual of your new digital watch… you’ll be able to ask the Assistant how to set it up, or how to replace the battery. And if your company has a nicely documented reimbursement process in its documentation in Collectives, you can ask the Assistant questions about this process. This is an absolutely amazing ability!

It is not just limited to your files either: we developed an API so apps like Mail, Calendar, Talk and Deck can make their data available too. You’ll then be able to ask “When do I have my next meeting with my boss?” (from the Calendar) and “What tasks did she ask me to work on as high priority this week?” (from Mail). Or “Give me a summary of the status of project X.” (Deck + chat perhaps?)

Context Write, on the other hand, lets the Assistant rewrite something in a certain requested context, or style. Say, you have a nice poem and want to write another in that same particular style. By providing the original poem, then new text of what you want to say, the Assistant will then create a masterpiece. But you can also give it a form, give it your data, and ask it to provide the text you would need to fill in the form. Impressive, and useful!

Big user interface overhaul

Over the last year and a half, we have introduced a wide range of AI features in Nextcloud. Translation, transcription of audio, text and image generation, and more. Then the Nextcloud Assistant came – and we’ve now integrated most of our AI features into the Assistant itself, all available from a unified interface. It is no longer limited to text, but can also generate images and transcribe audio.

Another improvement many of you will appreciate is that you can now see a history, a list of earlier generated images, text or audio transcripts in the Assistant interface. You can even go back and generate more based on your earlier prompts. It is now also possible to cancel a running operation, if desired.

Lastly, as possible inputs to the Assistant you can paste or type text or record audio, and now… select one or more documents as input too!

Behind the scenes

We also did significant work behind the scenes. We made it possible for administrators to make use of AI models we’ve not yet explicitly integrated into Nextcloud, giving more flexibility and versatility to your choice of models to use.

Especially for larger deployments, we have made it possible to run the LLM and other AI operations like Transcription and Context Chat on a separate server, using our new external app ecosystem for one-click, Docker-based deployments. You can also now use a GPU for text generation, transcription and context chat. This means transcribing an hour-long audio file could, on a CPU, take many minutes while taking only seconds on a GPU!

More coming soon

And, of course, this is not all. We have developed an API which can be used by apps like Deck, Calendar or Mail to support Context Chat. This will allow the Assistant to answer questions about your mail, tasks or upcoming appointments! We look forward to these and other apps implementing support for this feature.

Nextcloud Hub 8 – our next version out very soon – will also feature two more app integrations of the Assistant: First, Nextcloud Talk will be able to show you summaries of conversation in Talk rooms, and Nextcloud Mail will introduce email ‘suggested answers’! If you haven’t yet registered for our Nextcloud Hub 8 Launch Event on April 24, this is the time to do so to find out more!

How to get it

So now, you ask: When can I get it? We have good news! Nearly all these features have been backported to Nextcloud Hub 7, meaning they are available in the Nextcloud app store right now. All you need to do is update. If you have not yet tried out the assistant, perhaps this is the time to do it!

To run the AI locally, it’s easiest to use LocalAI. A community container exists for our All-in-one, so users of the AIO can simply go to this page to learn more about adding extra containers and then enable the LocalAI container. Be sure to check out our documentation and ask questions in the forums – you could just start below this post!

IONOS, OVHcloud and others bring you…

This brings us to the final piece of the puzzle: For these AI features to work smoothly, you will need some serious hardware. This unfortunately will not be a fun experience on your Raspberry Pi. But! Luckily, a number of businesses have started to provide AI-as-a-Service, running various open source models that Nextcloud supports in a way that you can connect to remotely. While this is great, unfortunately nearly all these companies are American-based, with a few in China. If you live in the USA, that is of course perfect – the data stays in your jurisdiction, and you have a choice of local providers. But for our users in Europe, this is less than ideal. The US jurisdiction unfortunately treats the data of European users with less than ideal respect for privacy, in no small part thanks to the CLOUD act signed into law by the former US president Donald Trump.

But today, we announce that we have been working closely with several major European hosting companies including IONOS and OVHcloud to integrate their upcoming AI-as-a-Service solutions. This will make them available to Nextcloud customers and users who wish to take advantage of the advanced AI functionalities in Nextcloud Hub but don’t wish to host AI services themselves. Several Nextcloud customers have expressed interest in these features and are preparing to or in the process of testing them. Here’s what our partners and customers have to say:

OVHcloud is thrilled to collaborate with Nextcloud in delivering state-of-the-art Digital Sovereign AI solutions to our customers. We are aligned with Nextcloud’s commitment to offering secure, privacy-conscious AI functionalities that safeguard training data and adhere strictly to GDPR regulations. We are excited to announce that this integration will become available in Q2 2024, marking a significant milestone in our journey towards responsible AI innovation.

Germain Masse, AI Product Marketing Manager at OVHCloud

We are proud to offer Nextcloud customers a solution that complies with European data protection regulations. Reliable, trustworthy, and local AI services will be key to protecting their digital sovereignty for both the public and private sectors in Europe.

IONOS

We at SUNET are happy that that Nextcloud Assistant is 100% Free and Open Source, runs on-premise and provides useful features that we hope will benefit our users going forward. We enjoy the very productive collaboration with Nextcloud.

Mike Nordin, Sunet, the Swedish University Computer Network

In the future, we will make AI services available to colleagues in the state administration directly at the workplace. We want to drive the development of digitally sovereign and open solutions in addition to the use of existing AI services such as ChatGPT. Because, the administration of the future will work in an automated, algorithmized, cloudified and data-based way. To make this vision of the future a reality, we must provide the appropriate tools. This also creates value and jobs in our domestic digital economy.

Minister of Digitisation and Head of the State Chancellery Dirk Schrödter, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

US technology firms have a large head start on European companies offering large language models and other AI services to smaller firms and end customers. There is a significant number of offerings either using their own models like OpenAI, or providing one or a choice of open models like Llama, Gemma or Mistral as a service. In Europe, Mistral and Aleph Alpha are still working on offering their own models while only a few large hosting providers are looking to offer various open LLM’s in an AI-as-a-service model.

At the same time, there is a growing demand from our customers and users for European AI services. Running AI locally is expensive, and AI-as-a-Service from foreign tech firms is not a solution for most Nextcloud customers in Europe, given the privacy and sovereignty risks inherent to shipping large amounts of crucial data overseas. For this reason, we have been working with a handful of providers to offer their AI services. To speed up the process, we connected them with potential customers. As you can imagine, offering a service when it is unclear who its customers might be is not easy. But several universities are interested in the ability to outsource some heavy AI operations, so there is now movement towards AI services. This means not only our users, but the wider European ecosystem will be able to benefit from this!

Public availability of the European AI services is expected in the course of spring and summer, with some even aiming for late April/early May!

Thank you!

We are super excited about this release and we’d like to thank everybody who contributed, with testing, reviewing code but also the universities who are willing to test the AI services, and of course OVHcloud, IONOS and our other partners who’d like to provide these services!

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Latest updates for Hub 6 and 7, end of life for Hub 4 https://nextcloud.com/blog/latest-updates-for-hub-6-and-7-end-of-life-for-hub-4/ Fri, 29 Mar 2024 10:25:58 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=206243 We updated Nextcloud server releasing updates for Hub 4, 6, and 7. With current update, Hub 4 reaches its end of life. We recommend you to update your Nextcloud, as it is always a quick and safe process.

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Please update to a new version to keep your data safe!

We strongly recommend you to update your Hub to version : 28.0.4, 27.1.8 or 26.0.13 . The maintenance updates include important bug fixes, stability and security upgrades. It is a quick and safe process, as always!

Minor Nextcloud updates released

What’s new

The updates bring several fixes and performance improvements in all supported versions of Nextcloud Hub. Version 26 meets its end of life and will no longer receive the updates. The Nextcloud desktop client has also been updated to version 3.12.3, and we highly recommend updating to this version due to important bug fixes.

Find the full changelog on our website, or read the update summaries below.

Version 26.0.13

This is the final update before the end of life of version 26. The update involves a mixture of enhancements and fixes across various components. Notable enhancements include:

  • Collaboration, MailPlugin: Protect access to a potentially missing array component by ??
  • Docs(config.sample.php): Warn that updatedirectory will break updates if set to a value within the installation folder
  • Feat(share): save date and time for expiration
  • Fix: Avoid clear cache with prefix
  • Fix(api): Ignore “parsed” link and icon URLs when deleting
  • Fix(caldav): add EXDATE and EXRULE to confidential object
  • Fix(config): Make sure user keys are strings
  • Fix(mail): Use parsed action label in email notification
  • Fix(settings): posix_getpwuid can return false which should not be accessed like an array
  • Fix(UpdateNotifications): Handle numeric user IDs

Note: There will be no more releases of Nextcloud Hub 4 (26.x.x and older). Upgrade to Nextcloud Enterprise to continue to get security and stability updates or move to Nextcloud Hub 6 or Hub 7. Don’t forget that running web-facing software without regular updates is risky. Please stay up to date with Nextcloud releases of both the server and its apps, for the safety of your data! Customers can always count on our upgrade support if needed.

Version 27.1.8

Recent updates encompass various improvements and fixes across different modules. Key enhancements affecting security, data integrity, user experience and overall performance include:

  • Add recursive detection/prevention
  • Docs(config.sample.php): Warn that updatedirectory will break updates if set to a value within the installation folder
  • Fix: Avoid race condition that may initialize a document twice on the clients
  • Fix: No password set for new mail shares
  • Use the proper path to check if a file needs to be copied/moved to the actual target storage
  • Fix: Allow to disable multipart copy on external s3 storage
  • Fix: Avoid clear cache with prefix
  • Fix: Fetch custom app store URL without internet connection
  • Fix: Don’t return null for SharedStorage::getWrapperStorage with share recursion
  • Fix: Ensure nested mount points are handled in the correct order

Version 28.0.4

The update includes multiple enhancements. Among those, the following focus on fixing issues related to security, data integrity, and functionality, ensuring smooth operation and improved user experience:

  • Add recursive detection/prevention
  • Fix: Avoid clear cache with prefix
  • Fix: Avoid race condition that may initialize a document twice on the clients
  • Fix: Catch exception from LogIteratorFactory, throw a clean error when log_type is not file
  • Fix: No password set for new mail shares
  • Fix(admin role): fix old and wrong way to determine whether user is admin
  • Fix(backend): Accept pushes with only step1 messages by read-only clients
  • Fix(config): Make sure user keys are strings
  • Fix(settings): posix_getpwuid can return false which should not be accessed like an array
  • Fix(UpdateNotifications): Handle numeric user ids
  • Fix(user_ldap): Early failure for empty password login attempt
  • Fix(user_status): Fix status update request not being sent
  • Improve files version listing
  • Use the proper path to check if a file needs to be copied/moved to the actual target storage

Desktop client 3.12.3

Update is highly recommended

Due to important bug fixes released in this update, we highly recommend the users of version 3.12 to upgrade to the latest version.

Recent updates 3.12.1 and 3.12.3 include several important bug fixes to tackle issues reported by customers.

In version 3.12.1, there are multiple improvements in end-to-end encryption functionality and a fix to a data loss issue that affects the users when group folders and files are moved from one location to another. Find the full changelog on GitHub.

The biggest part of version 3.12.3 is improvements for Windows users with a crash issue fixed and a much faster contextual menu performance. The crash could happen depending on the user workflow with the Windows file manager and its Nextcloud client integration. It also includes an important fix for users of group folders. Find the full changelog on GitHub.

Stay tuned for Nextcloud Hub 8! 🔔

Sign up for the Nextcloud Hub 8 launch event on April 24. Register now to participate in the live online presentation and be among the first to experience the next big update!

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Always keep your server up to date!

Nextcloud’s minor releases primarily focus on addressing security vulnerabilities and functionality bugs, avoiding major system overhauls that could jeopardize user data. Keeping your server up to date is vital, and our approach to testing and validation ensures that upgrading to minor releases is generally smooth and reliable.

For mission-critical Nextcloud systems in enterprise settings, consider switching to Nextcloud Enterprise. The tier provides you with ultimate deployment confidence: direct access to the Nextcloud engineering team, full assistance throughout deployment and integration, and peace of mind for system administrators. If you’re responsible for maintaining Nextcloud in your setting, this option may be the ideal solution for you.

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Enterprise Day speaker: Lars Karrock on connecting 10K users at EKHN in Hesse and Nassau https://nextcloud.com/blog/lars-karrock-enterprise-day-speaker-protestant-church-hesse-nassau/ Wed, 27 Mar 2024 09:59:01 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=204974 Nextcloud Enterprise Day speaker announcement: Introducing Lars Karrock, Head of the Church Council of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN).

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Nextcloud Enterprise Day is coming in one month’s time and we are excited to share the next speaker in our impressive lineup: Lars Karrock, Head of Organization and Information Technology Department at the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau.

From a wide variety of industries and backgrounds, our speakers will provide insightful talks on their experiences with Nextcloud. Read below to discover the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau and discover the unique use case Lars is bringing to the stage.

Nextcloud Enterprise Day speaker

About the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN)

The Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN) is a member church of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) with around 1.2 million members and around 1,000 parishes. With around 19,000 full-time employees and 57,000 volunteers, the EKHN is also a large employer in the Hesse and Nassau region.

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Lars’ topic: How EKHN uses Nextcloud as a centralized service

EKHN chose Nextcloud so they could have one place that enables everyone to use all of their distributed services. Nextcloud’s all-in-one platform combines file storage, sharing capabilities, office, calendar and so much more making it simple to collaborate and condense work flow.

Currently, around 10,000 users are on their Nextcloud instance working with Files and other apps efficiently.

In Lars’s upcoming talk at Nextcloud Enterprise Day, he will talk about how a heterogeneous organization can provide different services in one place that is both easy to access and use.

About Nextcloud Enterprise Day

Nextcloud Enterprise Day is our top event of the year for business leaders, decision-makers, and project managers to achieve their goals with Nextcloud.

From customer presentations and success stories to networking opportunities and access to management, sales, marketing, and engineering teams, you’re bound to walk away with new information, techniques, and inspiration.

The April 24th edition takes place at the fabulous Marriott hotel in Munich, Germany. Early Bird tickets are available until March 23rd.

Join the conversation in Munich!

Explore the full program, location and registration information on our dedicated page

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Enterprise Day 2024 sponsor announcement: SpaceNet  https://nextcloud.com/blog/enterprise-day-2024-sponsor-announcement-spacenet/ Thu, 21 Mar 2024 09:50:00 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=203309 We are excited to announce SpaceNet as a new sponsor of the Nextcloud Enterprise Day, a leading provider offering tailored Nextcloud hosting solutions that ensure robust security, efficiency, and data sovereignty.

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Enterprise Day sponsor announcement SpaceNet

We are excited to announce SpaceNet as a new sponsor of the Nextcloud Enterprise Day!

With a track record extending over three decades, SpaceNet is now a leading provider in Germany for today’s demand for private, sovereign infrastructure solutions. As a Nextcloud Gold Partner, SpaceNet delivers a comprehensive range of Nextcloud hosting solutions. These services meet many business demands, from highly standardized cloud services ready for immediate use, to customized installations uniquely tailored to individual client requirements.

Positioned in the heart of Munich, Germany, SpaceNet’s data centers are at the forefront of managed Nextcloud offerings. This strategic location not only aligns with the stringent European data protection standards but also reinforces the commitment to providing robust security, supreme efficiency, and complete control over your data.

The event is taking place in Munich, Germany, on April 24. Register for the Nextcloud Enterprise Day today to secure your spot!

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About SpaceNet

SpaceNet is a Munich-based provider of managed services and data center solutions that prioritizes security and performance while strongly aligning with GDPR standards and principles. In acknowledgment of the distinct challenges each business faces, SpaceNet offers customized solutions tailored to the unique needs of their clients. SpaceNet has earned the trust of industry leaders such as MVV, Utopia.de, and Antenne Bayern, a testament to the commitment to excellence and innovation in IT solutions.

Providing secure hosting in Germany, SpaceNet contributes to the initiative to build a digitally sovereign European IT. A Gold Partner of Nextcloud, SpaceNet expands its offering with powerful capabilities of Nextcloud. Nextcloud is also a part of Zamadama, the self-service collaboration platform by SpaceNet. Managed Nextcloud is offered both as an immediately available standardised cloud solution and as a customised installation to fit individual requirements. 

About Nextcloud Enterprise Day

Nextcloud Enterprise Day brings together the leaders and decision makers in the enterprise IT landscape. For one day, it provides a platform to foster innovation, exchange experience, and present unique stories behind Nextcloud implementation in various industries.

The agenda encompasses exclusive talks and workshops. Topics include digital sovereignty, the future of AI in business, building a secure and resilient cloud infrastructure, and more.

The April 2024 edition comes to Munich, a city in the heart of Bavaria famous for it’s unique mix of urban ambition, modernity and historical legacy.

Register for Nextcloud Enterprise Day today to secure your spot!

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Enterprise Day speaker: Felix Gebauer, Schleswig-Holstein’s open source strategy https://nextcloud.com/blog/enterprise-day-speaker-felix-gebauer-schleswig-holsteins-open-source-strategy/ Thu, 14 Mar 2024 10:00:00 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=204109 Nextcloud Enterprise Day speaker announcement: Introducing Felix Gebauer from Schleswig-Holstein German state's administration

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Nextcloud Enterprise Day is fast approaching and we have an impressive lineup of speakers on the agenda!

From various industries and backgrounds, our speakers are customers providing insightful talks on their experiences with Nextcloud.

One of those speakers is Felix Gebauer, Program Lead and Project Manager for the transition to Open-Source Software in the Schleswig-Holstein German state administration.

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About Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost state in Germany. Part of the State Chancellery of Schleswig-Holstein is the Central IT-Management department. They are responsible for the provision and operation of the centralized IT infrastructure for the whole state administration. They’re made up of 25,000 employees – one including Felix Gebauer, the Program Lead and Project Manager for the transition to Open-Source Software. He is responsible for the successful implementation of Schleswig-Holstein’s open source strategy. It’s his job to introduce Nextcloud as the new key collaboration platform to the state administration and ensure its roll-out of Nextcloud.

How Nextcloud is integral to Schleswig-Holstein’s open source strategy

In Felix’s talk, he will introduce Schleswig-Holstein’s open-source strategy and get into how Nextcloud fits into this strategy. He will explain how the Schleswig-Holstein state administration introduced Nextcloud, what were and are the biggest challenges, and what we have planned as further developments for Nextcloud, focusing on introducing AI solutions.

“The main reasons for choosing Nextcloud were the wide distribution of Nextcloud especially in public administration, Nextcloud’s strong and active community, and the wide range of different collaboration features within Nextcloud which provide solutions for many use cases in Schleswig-Holstein’s state administration.”

Felix Gebauer, Program Lead and Project Manager for the transition to Open-Source Software in the Schleswig-Holstein

Building a digitally sovereign AI for the public sector

As part of the AI strategy of the German state, they are collaborating with Nextcloud to create a generative language model for the state administration that is adapted to the specifics of administrative texts. Minister of Digitization and Head of the State Chancellery Dirk Schrödter backs the collaboration in a statement:

“In the future, we will make AI services available to colleagues in the state administration directly at the workplace. We want to drive the development of digitally sovereign and open solutions in addition to the use of existing AI services. Because, the administration of the future will work in an automated, algortihmized, cloudified and data-based way. To make this vision of the future a reality, we must provide the appropriate tools. This also creates value and jobs in our domestic digital economy.”

Dirk Schrödter, Minister of Digitization and Head of the State Chancellery

About Nextcloud Enterprise Day

Nextcloud Enterprise Day is our top event of the year for business leaders, decision-makers, and project managers to achieve their goals with Nextcloud.

From customer presentations and success stories to networking opportunities and access to management, sales, marketing, and engineering teams, you’re bound to walk away with new information, techniques, and inspiration.

April 24th edition takes place at the fabulous Marriott in Munich, Germany. Early Bird tickets are available until March 23rd.

Join the conversation in Munich!

Explore the full program, location and registration information on our dedicated page

Learn more

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Announcing T-Systems as a Sponsor at Nextcloud Enterprise Day 2024 https://nextcloud.com/blog/announcing-t-systems-as-a-sponsor-at-nextcloud-enterprise-day-2024/ Wed, 13 Mar 2024 14:16:38 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=203925 We're thrilled to reveal T-Systems, part of Deutsche Telekom and a prominent global IT service provider, as the latest sponsor of Nextcloud Enterprise Day. Join us on April 24, 2024, in Munich, Germany, for this pivotal event.

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We’re thrilled to reveal T-Systems, part of Deutsche Telekom and a prominent global IT service provider, as a sponsor of Nextcloud Enterprise Day. Join us on April 24, 2024, in Munich, Germany, for this pivotal event.

T-Systems is one of the bigger Nextcloud clients; they’re diligently working on their content migration services, which involves transforming and transporting substantial volumes of structured and unstructured data across various platforms, seamlessly integrating them into the Nextcloud Hub.

About T-Systems

T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, is a respected name in the global ICT landscape. Operating in over 20 countries, their diverse portfolio encompasses digital solutions, cloud infrastructure, mobility solutions, and cybersecurity. T-Systems aids businesses worldwide in harnessing the power of their Nextcloud servers within secure, certified data centers. T-Systems and Nextcloud are staunch advocates of data sovereignty, firmly believing organizations should regain control over their data.

About Nextcloud Enterprise Day

Nextcloud Enterprise Day 2024 boasts a wide-ranging array of topics, covering the spectrum of enterprise applications. Our seasoned industry experts, technology partners (including T-Systems representatives), and dedicated in-house engineers will be on hand to address queries and share insightful perspectives.

The event is a great opportunity to influence the Nextcloud roadmap and gain a deeper understanding of Nextcloud Hub as the quintessential suite for self-hosted collaboration.

Join us in envisioning the future of digital collaboration and data sovereignty. Let’s meet in Munich!

Register today to secure your spot for Nextcloud Enterprise Day!

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Educating Bild: password-protected sharing https://nextcloud.com/blog/educating-bild-password-protected-sharing/ https://nextcloud.com/blog/educating-bild-password-protected-sharing/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2024 10:00:00 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=203900 The German tabloid Bild featured an article covering the press release published by the German Ministry of Defence about the recent leaks of WebEX calls between army generals. The Bild noted that the password the Ministry of Defence used for the shared Nextcloud link was “1234”, assuming this was meant to ‘secure’ the link. While […]

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The German tabloid Bild featured an article covering the press release published by the German Ministry of Defence about the recent leaks of WebEX calls between army generals. The Bild noted that the password the Ministry of Defence used for the shared Nextcloud link was “1234”, assuming this was meant to ‘secure’ the link.

While a press release is obviously meant to be public, which is why the simple password was chosen, you might wonder why the ministry didn’t just use a completely password-less link for their Nextcloud share?

Secure sharing with Nextcloud

Nextcloud differentiates itself from public clouds like Microsoft 365, Dropbox or Google Drive with a focus on privacy and data sovereignty. Unlike public clouds, Nextcloud often runs on private cloud environments, giving the organization deploying it direct control over the data. It wouldn’t make sense for the German government (or any other) to hand over important data to foreign tech firms, which is why Nextcloud is widely deployed in the European public sector.

Protect your public links with passwords

With Nextcloud, users can share directly with other users. This makes sure no data leaves the government data center. But sometimes data must be shared outside the organization, either to a single individual or fully in public like with a press release.

Nextcloud allows users to create one, or more, public links for this purpose. A public link lets a third party who has the link view and (depending on the settings) download and edit the file. As you might share a document for editing with one person, and create another link with only viewing permissions to a second, each link can have its own protections. Including a password, expiration date and more!

The system administrator can put in additional controls, to ensure data is always protected. The File Access Control can use rules to stop files from being accessed outside Germany, for example. Or a mandatory 30 day expiration date can make sure links get cleaned up after a while. And last, but very relevant, administrators can enforce a password on each public link.

This setting is clearly enabled on the Nextcloud server used by the German Ministry of Defense, and explains why a simple password (1234) had to be chosen. Note that administrators can even enforce a certain degree of password quality, blocking such simple passwords from being chosen by users!

In other words. Mr. Pistorius does not use the password ‘1234’ to protect any data – it was meant to make it easy to access the press release.

We hope the readers at Bild appreciate out explanation!

For a more detailed exploration of our file sharing features available throughout Nextcloud, see our in-depth docs on File Sharing or our Sharing features overview.

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Nextcloud Talk: Open-source online video conferencing software https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-talk-open-source-online-video-conferencing-software/ Fri, 08 Mar 2024 10:00:00 +0000 https://nextcloud.com/?p=202857 Nextcloud Talk is an open-source, online video conferencing software that supports your chats, calls, webinars, broadcasting and more.

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Finding the right video conferencing software can be a challenge.

You ask yourself, what features do I need?

Can it scale up and still be reliable for my whole company?

In today’s world, we demand only the highest caliber online communication tools to meet our needs.

They need to bring you to the next level and break barriers.

That’s why in this blog, you’ll discover why individuals and businesses alike are turning to Nextcloud Talk for its unmatched features, security and seamless collaboration.

Nextcloud Talk: Open-Source online video conferencing software

A collaborative video conferencing tool

Nextcloud Talk is an open-source video conferencing and chat application. Designed to keep all your online conversations private, whether by video or chat, all data is kept on your own servers and no data – not even metadata – can be leaked.

The features you need for your meetings:

Video conferencing in Nextcloud offers essential and purposeful features to make video calls optimal.

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👋 Screen sharing with profile view

Let others in the call see you while you share your screen to foster a more personal encounter.

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🎦 Easy recording

Record your video conferences for record keeping or later use. Before anyone joins the call, a popup to consent for recording is delivered to ensure full transparency to participants. Download and save your recording in your Nextcloud.

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👥 Support for large group conferencing

Lots of participants? No problem. Large groups are well-managed and you won’t be able to tell the difference.

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🤩 Reactions in calls

Express your feelings in a call to acknowledge someone’s statement, but not go as far as disrupting.

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📉 Track call duration and speaker talking times

After one hour, you’ll get a notification that you’ve hit the hour mark so you can stay aware of your time and others’. You’ll also never have to guess how long you’ve been talking, as speaker talking times will be tracked and noted at the end of the call.

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📱Available on web and mobile devices

Take video conferencing from your office, home or on mobile with iOS and Android like never before.

Why it works: Integrated with your Nextcloud 🔗

Nextcloud is unique in the sense that everything is connected. You can explore incredible integration capabilities with the rest of your Content Collaboration Platform.

Not sure what that entails?

Nextcloud operates as a one-stop-shop platform integrating its own file storage, email, chat/video platforms and more so you can work efficiently and flexibly.

For example, if you’re in the middle of a call in Nextcloud Talk with a colleague and want to share a proposal your team has been working on, you can open the document directly from the chat sidebar. This is due to Files and Talk being integrated which saves you a lot of time and effort.

The astonishing advantages of Nextcloud operating as a single platform doesn’t stop here – enable hundreds, even thousands, of integration possibilities across all apps with Nextcloud as a Single Platform.

Watch the webinar recording

Prefer to listen? We hosted an entire webinar on the security features of Nextcloud Talk – check it out today!

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High Performance Backend

Take it a step further with Nextcloud Talk’s High Performance Backend (HPB).

Designed for larger organizations, Nextcloud Talk’s High Performance Backend offers the capacity, reliability and features enterprises need to conduct their business privately, securely and efficiently.

Unbeatable convenience

  • Dial-in by a phone line to join a call with SIP bridge
  • Conduct large scale webinars, public broadcasting or video conferencing with lobby

As a HPB customer, you will notice improved connection speed and network efficiency after the implementation due to lowering the load from calls on the Nextcloud server.

Why open-source video conferencing

With open-source technology, you have the opportunity to have full reign over your data. Whether you self-host on your own server or use a trusted hosting provider, your communications data happens and remains on your server, unlike popular alternatives like Microsoft Teams or Slack.

This unique protection extends further with our encrypted technologies by even keeping metadata at bay.

Nextcloud Talk chat and video was designed with your privacy in mind

Get in touch

We’re ready to show you what video conferencing can really be like. Try out Nextcloud Talk’s open source software.

Get me Nextcloud Talk

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