ownCloud.org - FOSS alternative to cloud data storage

Three years ago, ownCloud community manager and long-time KDE contributor Frank Karlitschek saw the Dropbox problem coming, first for consumers, then businesses. In January 2010, Frank told a standing-room-only audience at Camp KDE in San Diego that Dropbox was threatening their privacy and he intended to do something about it. Frank quickly wrote the ownCloud code— gathering an extremely active, dedicated and growing community around him. Soon that community – and Frank – realized that businesses had an even greater problem and they began writing extensions that would allow ownCloud to fit right into a company’s IT infrastructure. - More than 75 percent of businesses have shared or stored sensitive company information on public clouds services - 40% experienced the exposure of confidential information - 40% reported that they had lost data in the cloud and had to restore it from backups - One out of five users surveyed said they use the consumer file-sync-and-share system with work - Half of those Dropbox users do this even though they know it’s against the rules. - Average cost of a data breach equaled $5.5 Million in 2011 Frank will discuss the dangers of current proprietary file synch and share services from both the personal and business perspective and how users can take back control, save money and help their companies avoid exposure.



  • Frank Karlitschek is a long time open source contributor and former board member of the KDE e.V. He managed engineering teams for over 10 years and worked as head of unit and managing director at different internet companies. In 2010 he started the ownCloud project and is leading the community project since then. In 2011 he founded ownCloud Inc. together with Markus Rex and Holger Dyroff.

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