ownCloud Targets Education Market

ownCloud Inc., the commercial entity behind the open source data-syncing platform of the same name, has officially set its sights on expanding operations into the education and academic markets with specially priced products for this niche. Here’s the scoop, including remarks from ownCloud VP Holger Dyroff on the company’s particular interest in the education channel.
ownCloud recently announced the availability of special educational pricing for schools, universities and research institutes interested in deploying its file-sharing and data-syncing solutions within their IT environments. Beginning immediately, the company will offer two new versions of its product, ownCloud School Edition and ownCloud Education Edition, which represent a discount from its standard Business and Enterprise platforms.
For now, the only difference between the School and Education editions, noted Holger Dyroff, ownCloud vice president of Sales and Marketing, are pricing and licensing terms. In the future, however, he said customers can expect the two products to diverge feature-wise, with the Education Edition offering more features appropriate for larger IT environments. The difference will mirror that between the ownCloud Business and Enterprise platforms, of which the latter is also tailored to the needs of larger organizations.
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