Monday, 21 December 2020 10:52

Nextcloud offers free 5GB accounts for users looking to avoid lock-in

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Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has released migration apps to enable users to move from popular proprietary cloud services to a private cloud platform.

A statement from the company said the files that were stored would be automatically transferred to Nextcloud, while the import of calendar, contacts and other data was available in some cases.

Nextcloud cited the rise of violations of privacy and disruptive changes by proprietary services like Google Photos as the reason behind its move.

"Unfortunately the barrier to self-hosting services is steep for many non-technical users," the company said. "Nextcloud has been on the forefront of lowering this barrier, with its unique Simple Signup which provides users with a 5GB free storage Nextcloud account at a local, reliable hosting provider in under 30 seconds.

"The recent Nextcloud 20 release decreased the pain of dealing with heterogeneous environments where Slack, Matrix, Teams, SharePoint and other technologies are used by introducing powerful integrations with those platforms. The introduction of easy data migration tools for Nextcloud today further lowers this all-important barrier to use."

Jan-Christoph Borchardt, design lead at Nextcloud, said: "To really change the dynamics of the Internet and the massive privacy violations that have become core to the business model of many Internet giants, alternatives have to challenge them in capabilities.

"Migration has to be seamless before the vast majority of users is able to move and adopt privacy-friendly solutions and today, we make a big step forward in that regard."

Users could migrate from Google and calendars, contacts, photos, files from Drive and documents from Google Docs would be migrated into their respective Nextcloud services, the company said.

Users of Google Photos were recommended Nextcloud apps like Maps and Facerecognition as replacements.

For Dropbox, file import was available, preserving directory structure. Microsoft OneDrive users could also migrate file and folder structure, with other data migration options on the Nextcloud's roadmap.

Andreas Rode, chief commercial officer at Nextcloud, said: "These migration services are a great win for the data sovereignty of consumers all over the world. Millions of users have access to Nextcloud servers and we look forward to many more to sign up at a provider or set up their own server.

"We expect many hosting providers do enable these apps for their users, easing their way into a private, secure alternative."

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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