Welcome!

Related Topics: @CloudExpo

@CloudExpo: Article

ownCloud Owns "Little Big Data"

Interview with CTO Frank Karlitschek

Among the things I wasn't able to do this week was attend the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco. Bummer. But I was able to conduct a lot of interviews from my office in Illinois.

I write about the emergent Big Three - Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things - all of which are part of our unified view of IT today. As I prepare for the upcoming @cloudexpo @bigdataexpo @thingsexpo industry celebration in New York June 10-12, I'll talk to a lot of people about their visions plans, and viewpoints.

There's a lot of Open Source percolating within this universe as well, of course, and Red Hat is one of the prime examples of leveraging an open-source product into a real business, and one which lends itself nicely to the Big Three as well.

ownCloud Progresses
My first interview was with Frank Karlitschek (pictured), who is CTO, Community Leader, and CTO of ownCloud. I first met Frank at a Linux event in San Diego a couple of years ago. I saw Linus Torvalds wandering around this event, although for some reason he didn't seem to recognize me.

However, my conversation with Frank was one of the highlights of my day. ownCloud was just barely starting out then, and Frank was very frank with me about the company's intended focus and the big challenges it faced.

Now the company seems to have some strong legs and a nice focus on developing cloud-storage solutions from within enterprise IT's datacenters. As some have put it, in an age of the NSA and Edward Snowden's revelations, enterprises need to feel much more secure about their storage than ever before.

All that said, let's hear what Frank has to say...

Roger: How have things played out for the company recently? What sort of customers are you attracting?

Frank: Lots of changes actually. We recently released ownCloud Enterprise 6, and closed our A round of funding. Starting with ownCloud 6 Community Edition we've seen a maturity of product and a corresponding rise of interest by customers - including some of the world's top universities, financial institutions and even CERN. In fact, Q4 2013 sales were higher than the total of company sales since the beginning!

Roger: I have a theory that all the world is hybrid cloud, or will be soon. How strongly do you agree/disagree with this?

Frank: Could not agree more strongly. In fact, that is exactly the secret sauce to our success. There is no one of note who can offer a fully private cloud for sync and share. The cloud providers sell storage, so the private cloud part does them no good - not to mention, their technology isn't built to deliver it.

We, on the other hand, are built for flexibility. We install directly on company servers, integrate into existing infrastructure and extend via open APIs to be able to do things we haven't even thought of yet. Use your own storage, or use cloud storage of your choice - or both.

Roger: How key is the role of Big Data in developing your solutions? How important is the term Big Data to you?

Frank: If Big Data means collecting massive amounts of structured data and using it for complex analysis, then ownCloud is less Big Data then centralized cloud services. The reason is the ownCloud is about distributed and self-hosted cloud servers so the data is less "big" then Box, Dropbox or Google.

On the other hand, by centralizing a company's unstructured data, the analysis of this data and connections between the data in the enterprise could be a bit easier, because the enterprise has full access to all the data and can do optimized analysis for the questions they really care about. So maybe we are Little Big Data - or Big Little Data!

Roger: Little Big Data - starring Dustin Hoffman and Brent Spiner, and coming to a screen or torrent near you.

Contact Me on Twitter

 

 

 

 

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Latest Stories
Historically, some banking activities such as trading have been relying heavily on analytics and cutting edge algorithmic tools. The coming of age of powerful data analytics solutions combined with the development of intelligent algorithms have created new opportunities for financial institutions. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Sebastien Meunier, Head of Digital for North America at Chappuis Halder & Co., discussed how these tools can be leveraged to develop a lasting competitive advantage ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dasher Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Dasher Technologies, Inc. ® is a premier IT solution provider that delivers expert technical resources along with trusted account executives to architect and deliver complete IT solutions and services to help our clients execute their goals, plans and objectives. Since 1999, we'v...
There is only one world-class Cloud event on earth, and that is Cloud Expo – which returns to Silicon Valley for the 21st Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center, October 31 - November 2, 2017. Every Global 2000 enterprise in the world is now integrating cloud computing in some form into its IT development and operations. Midsize and small businesses are also migrating to the cloud in increasing numbers. Companies are each developing their unique mix of cloud technologies and service...
For financial firms, the cloud is going to increasingly become a crucial part of dealing with customers over the next five years and beyond, particularly with the growing use and acceptance of virtual currencies. There are new data storage paradigms on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive financial data around the world without touching terrestrial networks. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Cliff Beek, President of Cloud Constellation Corporation, d...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, will discuss th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datera, that offers a radically new data management architecture, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datera is transforming the traditional datacenter model through modern cloud simplicity. The technology industry is at another major inflection point. The rise of mobile, the Internet of Things, data storage and Big...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Akvelon will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Akvelon is a business and technology consulting firm that specializes in applying cutting-edge technology to problems in fields as diverse as mobile technology, sports technology, finance, and healthcare.
WebRTC is great technology to build your own communication tools. It will be even more exciting experience it with advanced devices, such as a 360 Camera, 360 microphone, and a depth sensor camera. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Masashi Ganeko, a manager at INFOCOM Corporation, will introduce two experimental projects from his team and what they learned from them. "Shotoku Tamago" uses the robot audition software HARK to track speakers in 360 video of a remote party. "Virtual Teleport" uses a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datera will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datera offers a radically new approach to data management, where innovative software makes data infrastructure invisible, elastic and able to perform at the highest level. It eliminates hardware lock-in and gives IT organizations the choice to source x86 server nodes, with business model option...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, I provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading the...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business - from apparel to energy - is being rewritten by software. From planning to development to management to security, CA creates software that fuels transformation for companies in the applic...