Nextcloud is a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services. Nextcloud application functionally is similar to Dropbox, Office 365 or Google Suite . Unlike Dropbox, Microsoft or Google Nextcloud does not offer off-premises file storage hosting. Nextcloud is free and open-source, which means that anyone is allowed to install and operate it on their own private server devices. In contrast to proprietary services like Dropbox, the open architecture allows adding functionality to the server in the form of applications and enables users to have full control of their data.
Project Business Case
The software is free to use for everyone. But commercial support is available mainly for bigger companies.
This projects helps to decentralize the internet and data storage and communication. This will lead to a more secure and democratic society. It also helps to protect privacy.
If the leading open source project in this space would disappear, which is unlikely, than people will be forced to upload all their data to foreign, centralized and proprietary cloud services. This is would be a danger for society especially in Europe.
License: OSI/FSD-approved free software license
Maturity: There is a vivid community of users and contributors
Number of Contributors: 2000
Number of Commits: 20000