Want A Cloud Where You Call The Shots? Consider ownCloud

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | June 25, 2013

Nervous about the NSA, PRISM and your public cloud? Not sure you want to put all your data eggs in one Amazon Web Services zone basket? Then, maybe ownCloud's just released enterprise version of its open-source cloud program, ownCloud 5.0 Enterprise Edition, is what you want need.

OwnCloud is as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service. With it you can store your files, folders, contacts, photo galleries, calendars and more on your own servers. You can then access that storage from your mobile device, your desktop, or a Web browser. You can also sync your data with local devices and share your data either with the world at large or specific, approved users.

That should sound quite familiar. It's what most public IaaS services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive promise and deliver. It's also what you build for yourself with such IaaS software stacks as Azure, Eucalyptus, and OpenStack.