Nextcloud One Year On – A Review


Under the orange news banner in the screenshot above it says “The best gets even better, Nextcloud 13 is out” I cannot argue with either point. Nextcloud 13 is out and I have using it for a few weeks now. “The best gets even better” I certainly cannot argue with that either. In my own opinion Nextcloud is zooming ahead of its peers such as Pydio and Owncloud – the project it split from in 2016. I have been using Nextcloud solidly for just over a year and it replaced Owncloud. nextcloud is so much better than its competitors in my opinion.  I still have to use an Owncloud instance as it used by a project I am involved in to store documentation and I need to access these documents a few times a month. The difference is noticeable and palpable, Owncloud feels slower and clunkier and less “friendly” to me. I wish this project would migrate to Nextcloud. Even though it is missing some features that all users would love the new Nextcloud Talk Android app is excellent too.

Let me tell you a story. In Mid February I was involved in a very serious incident and spent quite some time in hospital. I had my Ipad with me and was able to keep on top of things using Nextcloud, sharing documents editing documents, checking email, talking to people, even listening to my favourite radio station and much more. I was even able to start planning for and taking action an enforced early retirement thanks to Nextcloud. If it wasn’t for Nextcloud I would have had an absolute nightmare  of a mess to deal with once I left hospital and would probably still be dealing with it now.  Even in hospital with a slightly dodgy internet connection I managed to upgrade to Version 13 and I have to say I love it!

To say “The best gets even better” is a very bold claim to make. However in Nextcloud’s case it is very much justifiable and the team behind Nextcloud can definitely justify making that claim. If anyone were to ask me I would certainly defend Nextcloud’s right to make that claim.

So well done Nextcloud! Regular readers will know that praise is either hard or impossible to come by on this blog but the product and the team deserve it. I can’t wait for Nextcloud 14!

 

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OwnCloud V NextCloud


Many readers will know that in the past I have been a massive fan of OwnCloud. It is a self hosted file sharing and storage solution that works well and at one point was eating Dropbox for breakfast in terms of interface, extensibility and security. Last year things changed a little bit. You see the product morphed into two taking some of the brains behind Owncloud with it to another generation called NextCloud. I won’t go into the details but from what I have read about it this action seems to me to have been acrimonious to say the least. I offer both products within my Virtual Office product line. So where do I sit exactly? Well Owncloud does seem to have stagnated somewhat and I do think it is now a stable product. However, I have not seen any updates in a while and with the way that hosted solutions need to be kept up to date it is a small concern of mine. Next cloud on the other hand seems to be updating and improving reasonably regularly and is also adding lots of nice functionality as it goes. In time it could become a defacto choice for the Virtual Office! But, back to updating both products have had a history of some flaky update packages which have required some administration time to fix in the past. Indeed I had some issues the other week with some Nextcloud updates for clients of my Virtual Office product. This does need to change and quite rapidly in my opinion. I am pleased to note that all of my clients were happy with the update process I adopted and a lack of downtime for them. The way the hosted cloud solution markets’ customer expectation is changing flaky updates need to become a thing of the past quite rapidly. I have warmed to Nextcloud and whilst I have an active demo of Owncloud for customers. Nextcloud is now my day to day tool. I look forward to seeing the product develop further and I do also that hope Owncloud doesn’t fall into the abyss as it does not deserve to. So we have a winner in Nextcloud. 🙂 For more information on my Virtual Office product please click here.