Nextcloud vs. ownCloud
So Nextcloud and ownCloud are basically the same software for making a shared drive look like a webpage. They are like Dropbox and Google Drive but we are running them in our own Data Center here at the GMC. That allows us to combine the convenience and ease of use of solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive with the security and privacy of keeping our data in our data center, on a server managed by us, rather than floating somewhere in the cloud.
What is happening to confuse people is that they are using the name of the product, i.e., Nextcloud or ownCloud, instead of using the name of the server. Its like confusing “Word” with “Memo 1”. “Word” is the program you use to create the document called “Memo 1”.
So “ownCloud” is the software we use to create nazcloud1.nazarene.org, which IBOE, General Superintendent’s Office and GNP use for various hosting of files like Dropbox or Google Drive.
Then we have other servers using essentially the same software to create nubo.nazarene.org, resources.nazarene.org and gb.nazarene.org.
- Nubo is for internal users just like Dropbox or Google Drive but allows for collaboration.
- Resources is used to host files for download only like the District Journals
- GB which is a specialized one for the General Board meetings so that Committee Members can use a computer, tablet or phone to see the documents for the meetings.
- nazcloud1.nazarene.org, which IBOE, General Superintendent’s Office and GNP use for various hosting of files
So it’s like this
PowerPoint → “June Workshop on Schools.ppt”
Word → “Memo to BGS on the awesome IT department.docx”
Excel → “Dept Budget of Money I can’t spend.xlsx”
NextCloud → Nubo.nazarene.org, resources.nazarene.org, etc.
Please contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or issues.