For the ultimate in convenience, our file service based on the OwnCloud file synchronization service keeps your files on our server and synchronizes them with one or more remote computers, tablets and smartphones. You can also securely share your files with others, giving them limited or permanent read access or, if they use the same service, full read/write access to entire directories.
OwnCloud can even synchronize contacts and calendars between your computer(s), smart phones and tablets under many circumstances.
OwnCloud is an open source, secure and highly functional application suite designed originally to synchronize remote machines with its repository of information. All information stored is also available through a standard web browser. Obviously, the ease of access comes at the cost of less security, but the security is impressive in and of itself, using standard SSL connections on all of your transactions, from the moment you make the connection until you have signed off.
If you like the idea, but do not want to use our servers, we will be happy to install OwnCloud on your servers or web sites. However, due to the high resources and maintenance requirements, we do not allow it to be installed on our shared hosting service.
How it works
One or more OwnCloud accounts are created on our server, possibly with shared directories, contacts and/or calendars. The OwnCloud client is then installed on your computer(s), tablets or phones.
On initial set up, one or more directories (folders) on your workstation are designated to be synchronized by the OwnCloud client. When configured, files in those (possibly empty) folders are compared to all files on the servers (possibly empty) folders and copies made so the same directories and files exist on both machines. Files with the same name on both have their dates and sizes compared. If these match, they are left alone. If they do not match, the newest file is downloaded/uploaded, overwriting the older file.
At this point, you can begin working on the files on your computer. As you make changes, the OwnCloud client notices and immediately uploads the modifications. If you are not online, the OwnCloud client waits until a connection is available, then the synchronization begins.
You can also use the Web Interface to manipulate many files directly on the server. Any changes made are then synchronized to your computer.
OwnCloud is scalable. You can connect multiple devices to the same account. When a change is detected, it is uploaded to the server. Any other connected devices then download the changes to their local folders. The other device can be another computer (with a different operating system if you want), a tablet or a smartphone. Now, when changes are made on one any of the devices (or on the server), those changes propagate to all the other devices which share that account.
Note: If, for some reason, two devices edit the same file at the same time, it is very possible for the latest one to overwrite the newer one. Owncloud detects such conditions and saves one of the copies with a special file name ending, and manual editing to merge the changes is required.
Due to smaller drive sizes, tablets and phone have remote access to the files, but opening one requires downloading it to your device, then uploading back to the server if changes are made (contacts and calendars are fully synchronized, however).
For some practical, real world scenarios of using Owncloud to increase your productivity, see Owncloud Usage Common Scenarios.