What are the OpenSource alternatives to Dropbox

ownCloud versus TeamDrive - a security comparison

Dropbox polarizes within IT departments. From the board of directors to the normal employee, many use the popular cloud storage service. This is mainly due to the ease of use, which is not provided so uncomplicated by the internal IT departments today. In particular, two solutions developed from Germany attack that allow companies to implement their own Dropbox-like functions within a self-managed IT infrastructure: TeamDrive and ownCloud. TeamDrive represents a completely commercial and proprietary approach, ownCloud, on the other hand, a supposed open source approach, which is also based on a commercial version. Both claim the title "Dropbox for Business" for themselves. However, if we move precisely in this environment, the issue of security plays a very important role.

Background to TeamDrive and ownCloud

TeamDrive and ownCloud pursue two different business models. Where TeamDrive positions itself on the market as a fully commercial product for companies, ownCloud relies on the open source community in order to gain market share. With a commercial version, however, ownCloud is also addressing the market for professional corporate solutions.

Via TeamDrive

TeamDrive is a file sharing and synchronization solution for companies that do not want to save their sensitive data with external cloud services and also want to enable their teams to synchronize data or documents. TeamDrive monitors any folder on a PC or notebook that can be shared and edited with invited users. This means that data is available at any time, even offline. Automatic synchronization, backups and versioning of documents protect users from data loss. With the option of operating the TeamDrive registration and hosting server in its own data center, TeamDrive can be integrated into existing IT infrastructures. All the necessary APIs are available for this.

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Via ownCloud

ownCloud is an open source file sync and sharing solution for companies and organizations that want to keep their data under control and do not want to use external cloud storage systems. The core of the application consists of the ownCloud server, via which the software, together with the ownCloud clients, is seamlessly integrated into the existing IT infrastructure and enables the continued use of existing IT management tools. ownCloud serves as a local directory in which different local storages are mounted. This means that the relevant files are available to all employees on all devices. In addition to local storage, directories can also be linked via NFS and CIFS.