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Nextcloud grew customer base 7x, added over 6.6 million lines of code and doubled its team in 2017
January 11, 2018

2017 has been the year of Nextcloud, if you would ask Google Trends: We’re clearly the project with the greatest momentum in the self-hosted Enterprise File Sync and Share market, steaming past the likes of Citrix Sharefile, Egnyte, Accellion, FileCloud and ownCloud. On the good news that our iOS client hit 300.000 downloads with a 4.7 star rating and our Collabora Online app was downloaded over 100.000 times in 2017, we are excited to share that Nextcloud GmbH has grown 7-fold in 2017, fueled by its unique technology. With already over 100 customers and partners active in Europe, North, Central and South America, Asia and Australia, Nextcloud continues to be a healthy and fast-growing enterprise.

Enterprises need a compliant, secure, easy solution – and Nextcloud provides

New and existing regulations like GDPR and HIPAA increase pressure on IT departments to find solutions that keep customers and patients’ data secure. We see customers come in from the automotive, banking and finance, manufacturing, services and technology markets as well as government and education. Major examples include SIEMENS, the TU Berlin, Raiffeisen, R+V betriebskrankenkasse, MMEC MANNESMANN and many others. We’ve blogged many times about how Nextcloud helps companies with compliance. Activists in Europe are gearing up to enforce compliance with GDPR by suing companies. Local data centers are often not a sufficient solution for the legal challenges of local regulations and public clouds continue to pose other threats as was shown just days ago with Spectre and Meltdown. All this contributes to the strong trend towards self-hosting.

Nextcloud offers the premier solution, with a host of unique features from powerful File Access Control capabilities, Ransomware protection and both server-side and full End-to-end Encryption to one of the most intuitive interfaces in the industry and easy, deep integration in existing infrastructure.

Nextcloud Talk brings self-hosted communication to home and enterprise users

The Result is Growth

In only 18 months, Nextcloud has become the fastest growing Enterprise File Sync and Share solution, but the reason is in no small part that it goes beyond that. Nextcloud has been developing powerful collaboration features and today announced Nextcloud Talk, a fully secure, self-hosted communication platform offering chat, audio/video calls, with mobile apps and a web interface. And we will keep working on this, as Frank Karlitschek said in our press release:

Over the last year, our forward looking and innovative development strategy has been rewarded by the market with a leading position in the area of self-hosted collaboration technology. With at least three more people joining Nextcloud Gmbh this month, we intend to strengthen our position further. While we expand our technological advantage over our competition, customers can expect us to continue to focus on their needs and deliver the expert help that they require.

Last year, Nextcloud doubled its employee roster and this year, two more employees have joined our team already with more to come before the month is over. With already over 100 customers and partners active in Europe, North, Central and South America, Asia and Australia, Nextcloud continues to be a healthy and fast-growing enterprise. Major customers come from the automotive, banking and finance, manufacturing, services and technology markets as well as government and education. Major examples include SIEMENS, the TU Berlin, Raiffeisen, R+V betriebskrankenkasse, MMEC MANNESMANN and many others. Andreas Rode, head of sales at Nextcloud GmbH noted:

Our customers appreciate expert support from an employee-owned business with a sustainable, organic growth strategy. We have proven ourselves as a reliable, capable partner, which shows in the growth of our customers, many of whom are signing 3, 4 or 5 year contracts. On this base we expect an accelerated sales growth in 2018, both within Europe as well as globally.

Community Growth

The Nextcloud community growth has also continued, with 505 contributors adding 6.6 million lines of code and modifying over 53.000 files in 2017. A total of over 1500 people have contributed code to Nextcloud according to the statistics on OpenHub, part of a healthy ecosystem which has formed around the solution. Over 100 new apps have been created on the Nextcloud app store in 2017, delivering a wide range of features to users at home and in the enterprise. The Nextcloud user base, estimated to be well over 20 million users spread over tens of thousands of Nextcloud servers, has grown to be the largest self-hosted file sync and share community in the world.

Read more details in our press release.

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Introducing a Full Self-hosted Audio/video and Chat Communication Platform: Nextcloud Talk
January 11, 2018


We’re very proud to announce today Nextcloud Talk, the first enterprise-ready, self-hosted communication technology giving users the highest degree of control over their data and communication. Nextcloud Talk is a fully open source video meeting software, on-premise hosted and end-to-end encrypted. It features a text chat and is available for web and mobile. In related news, Nextcloud has become the vendor with the greatest momentum in the self-hosted Enterprise File Sync and Share market and increased its customer base by 7 times in 2017. And over 500 individuals contributed more than 6.6 million lines of code to Nextcloud last year!

Get talking now!

Nextcloud Talk makes it easier than ever to host a privacy-respecting audio/video communication service for home users and enterprises. Business users have optional access to the Spreed High Performance Back-end offering enterprise-class scalability, reliability, and features through a Nextcloud subscription.
With the easy-to-use interface, users can engage colleagues, friends, partners or customers, working in real time through High Definition (H265 based) audio and video in web meetings and webinars. Main features of Nextcloud Talk include:

  • Communication without barriers – the mobile apps for Android and iOS as well as browser support allow private and public calls, and does not require conversation partners to have an account or install any software to join a call.
  • Integrated into business workflow – participants can receive calendar invitations and reminders.
  • Easy collaboration – the Screen Sharing feature allows participants to present content while links and notes can be shared in the side chat bar.
  • Full control – the moderator can invite, mute and remove participants as needed.
  • 100% secure and private – calls are peer-to-peer and end-to-end encrypted. Chat is exchanged encrypted with logs stored on the Nextcloud Talk server.
  • integration – powerful integration with Nextcloud Files and Nextcloud Groupware enables seamless collaboration.

Mobile Apps: Start and receive calls!

With the mobile Talk apps, users can now receive push notifications when others call them, and pick up easily. Self-hosting the infrastructure ensures the absolute confidentiality of communication, as even metadata does not leak to anyone else.

The Spreed High-Performance Back-end for large organizations is offered by Nextcloud partner Struktur AG, a leading web conferencing software company since 1995, servicing customers like Deutsche Bank, Vodafone, BNP Paribas and many others. It offers improved connectivity behind firewalls, restrictive networks, and unlimited participants in a call. A SIP gate allows participants to join through a dial-in conference line, wherever they are.

Nextcloud Talk is completely open source and is available for home users on the Nextcloud App store for a one-click install. The mobile apps for Android and iOS are in the respective application stores. Nextcloud Talk requires Nextcloud 13, which is currently in Beta and can be downloaded from our website (bottom right of the page).

Of course, Nextcloud Talk !

Evolution

For those of you familiar with our development work on audio/video calls, the major new features, bringing one and a half year of work to a 1.0, are a built-in chat, moderation capabilities, mobile applications and support for a High-Performance back-end which allows calls with hundreds or even thousands of participants as well as dial-in over a phone line. Frank Karlitschek has blogged about the vision and work behind Nextcloud Talk.

Together with this release, we released news on the progress of the Nextcloud Community and Nextcloud GmbH over the last year. On top of the good news that our iOS client hit 300.000 downloads with a 4.7-star rating and our Collabora Online app was downloaded over 100.000 times in 2017, we are excited to share that Nextcloud GmbH has grown 7-fold in 2017, fueled by its unique technology. With already over 100 customers and partners active in Europe, North, Central and South America, Asia, and Australia, Nextcloud continues to be a healthy and fast-growing company.

Nextcloud is now the hottest self-hosted Enterprise File Sync and Share technology according to Google Trends! Our community created over 100 apps, and over 500 individuals contributed over 6.6 million lines of code in a 12 month period.

Learn more in our blog about Nextcloud growth.

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Nextcloud will rock FOSDEM – are you ready for it, too?
January 10, 2018

This year, Nextcloud will again be at FOSDEM! Last year, we had a team of over a dozen enthusiastic volunteers to present our project to the thousands of visitors and this year, we hope to have an even bigger and cooler presence. What can you expect from us? A booth, a talk and presence in the DEV rooms!

Last year, Nextcloud was new and fresh, today it is established as a major Free Software community with tens of millions of users and over 1500 contributors. Quite a change! Frank will discuss how this came about in the main FOSDEM track on Sunday, Room La Fointaine (K1.105) from 14:00 onwards, under the title

Why I forked my own project and my own company


Meanwhile, you will be able to find us with a booth in the K building on the first level. That means we’ll be close to friends from LibreOffice, Gnomes and Dragons, and distributions CentOS, Fedora, openSUSE and Gentoo. As well as our devilish friends from FreeBSD & the sunny crew from illumos! We look forward to meeting many of you and if you’d like to join the crew & the fun, you can volunteer here for the booth team! Hugs guaranteed!

With regards to DEV rooms, we expect to have people in the obvious places like Decentralised Internet and Privacy and Open Source Design.

See you at FOSDEM!

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A cool new milestone: 300.000 downloads of our iOS client with a 4.7 out of 5 stars!
January 10, 2018

The Nextcloud mobile clients are real stars, reflected in their popularity. Our iOS app hit a new milestone just yesterday: 300.000 downloads. And that with a stunning score of 4.7 out of 5 stars: 2150 users have rated the app a full 5 stars! We’re very proud of how the iOS app is doing, no less of the Android app which also receives very good ratings. Of course, we’re not ready yet to stop working. The app receives very regular updates and we’re working hard on making it more stable and reliable than ever. Already, our crash-free percentage is 99.28 and you can count on us to keep working on this!

Clients matter

a large part of the interaction with Nextcloud takes place through our clients, and we’re working hard on giving you a stellar experience across all platforms. The iOS app features some very nice features and recently was updated to support the iPhone X very well, as well as improvements to the tablet interface. Watch a video below and learn more about our clients on our website!

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Joas Schilling
Nextcloud 2018
January 9, 2018

Inspired by Christoph Wurst’s Nextcloud 2018 blog post, I decided to write one myself: My personal goals for Nextcloud in 2018.

More features! - Less apps?

I have always been a fan of apps. Apps are cool! They can be released indepent from the server release cycle, to get out a quick fix fast and easy. They can be written for maintenance versions which do not allow new features. And many more …

But at least two apps jump into my mind, which should not be apps themselves:

Can I update?

“Can I update?” is a little app, which checks if all your apps have a version available for the next feature release of Nextcloud. That’s a great feature, but everyone should see this, not only people that know that there could be an app for this in the app store.

Instead the app should be merged into the “Update notifications” app which is shipped with the server by default.

When the “Update notifications” app notifies you about a new version, it should automatically check if your apps are ready for that. It could then also re-notify you later when all apps finally have an update available for the new version.

Admin notifications

The “Admin notifications” is a similar story. It allows to generate generic notifications (which might be independent from Nextcloud itself). One example are available system updates.

The reason why this was not done as part of the Notifications app in first place, is that I wanted to have it now and not in 4 months when the next features were to be released with the new Nextcloud version. That is okay, but it should be merged into the Notifications app now, so anyone can use the CLI command and the OCS API endpoint to generate new notifications (but don’t use this in your Nextcloud app, if you have a Nextcloud app, see visit the docs of the notifications app).

Revisit the activity app

My second goal is to revisit the activity app. I have some ideas in my mind which should be implemented, to bring the app on a new level:

  • Look ahead: Similar to twitter a “X new things happened” line should pop up, when stuff happens while you are on the activity page
  • Unread count on page title: as a follow up to the “Look ahead” the unread count should be shown in the page title of your browser, so you can quickly see that something happened.
  • Better HTML emails: HTML emails have been improved and brought to the default layout with Nextcloud 13, but e.g. file names are still not linked to the file in emails.
  • Search: It would be nice if you could search your stream easily for some keywords.
  • Disable a type from stream: Similar to options on Facebook, it would be nice if you can disable e.g. “Changed files” from within the stream. In the future no more changed files would show up in your stream.
  • Disable a file(item) from stream: Some files just change too often, or are irrelevant. Like with the type above, it should be possible to do this e.g. with a “…” menu in the item in your stream.

That should be it, might even be too much already to fit in one year, but at least it is something like a guideline for my thoughts and moments of free time 🤓

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