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


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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