About 300,000 gov­ern­ment users in Ger­many shift to Nextcloud for file shar­ing

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The Ger­man Fed­eral In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter (ITZBund) has cho­sen Nextcloud as its col­lab­o­ra­tion and file shar­ing plat­form. As a re­sult, ap­prox­i­mately 300,000 gov­ern­ment users will now be us­ing open source.

ITZBund is us­ing Nextcloud En­ter­prise Sub­scrip­tion to gain ac­cess to the op­er­a­tional, scal­ing and se­cu­rity ex­per­tise of Nextcloud GmbH as well as long term sup­port of the soft­ware.

Nextcloud ar­rived on Ger­many’s tech scene in 2016 af­ter Frank Kar­l­itschek, co­founder of the open source In­fras­truc­ture as a Ser­vice (IaaS) cloud pro­gram OwnCloud, forked the soft­ware to cre­ate a more open source model. ITZBund, whose 2,700 IT ad­mins run IT op­er­a­tions for about a mil­lion gov­ern­ment work­ers, kicked off a pi­lot in 2016 cov­er­ing about 5,000 end users with a va­ri­ety of de­vices for which it needed to en­able file-sync­ing sup­port for Win­dows, An­droid and iOS prod­ucts.

ITZBund has rolled out a col­lab­o­ra­tion and cloud stor­age tool called BC-Box, which em­ploy­ees can use to move data to the cloud and ac­cess it. Nextcloud was able to de­liver the re­quired Out­look add-on in­te­gra­tion to al­low users to send se­cure links rather than file at­tach­ments.

Nextcloud won a ten­der for a fed­eral se­cure file ex­change sys­tem in late 2017 to sup­ply its ser­vices and sup­port for three years. The com­pany says it dif­fers from pub­lic clouds of­fered by the likes of Ama­zon Web Ser­vices and Mi­crosoft by of­fer­ing cus­tomers lo­cal data stor­age.

“The pro­cure­ment process was for the con­struc­tion of a pri­vate cloud for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment,” shared a com­pany of­fi­cial from ITZBund.

Nextcloud’s Kar­l­itschek said it of­fered bet­ter se­cu­rity than pub­lic cloud providers be­cause “…you can run our soft­ware in its own data cen­tre, which you trust, and any­one can in­spect the code, and check for se­cu­rity vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties, any­time, any­where, and then make changes, if nec­es­sary.”

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