Video communications is the future, and when 5G networks are fully deployed, it will be as common as SMS. Until that time, telecoms, CSPs, network operators and developers are using the current infrastructure and technology to make it happen without inconveniencing the end user too much. The new ownCloud 9.0, a self-hosted file sync and share server, is going to integrate WebRTC with the help of Spreedbox to make that possible.
Unlike other propriety conferencing solutions, WebRTC is an open source API that supports voice calling, video chat and P2P file sharing on a browser without internal or external plugins. This makes it the ideal technology for companies that want to make this feature available on the products they offer, such as ownCloud and Spreedbox.
The ownCloud solution is a self-hosted file sync and share server that gives the end user total control in accessing their data through a web interface, sync clients or WebDAV. It also has a platform to view, sync and share the content across different devices. The open architecture and extensible API lets developers create applications and plugins so it can be part of any storage solution.
"Our unique ability to offer secure, flexible Universal File Access puts us head and shoulders ahead of the competition, particularly in a changing regulatory environment,” said Markus Rex, CEO of ownCloud. “Our unique capability to securely break data silos while ensuring data privacy will fuel remarkable worldwide growth for us in 2016.”
To provide WebRTC, ownCloud is going to use Spreedbox, a device for secure audio/video conferencing, text and video messaging, and file sharing. Spreedbox was designed by its creators to address the security and privacy challenges digital communications face by delivering a private cloud that doesn't require subscription, running costs and prying eyes.
The small box, which only weighs 2.5 pounds, now comes with ownCloud to simplify the sharing, syncing and user management of the integration of both technologies. The size of the device means it addresses a particular segment, individual users and small businesses.
The combined technologies of ownCloud and Spreedbox brings together solutions that are essential in today's digital ecosystem, communications, file management and security. With WebRTC as its communications platform, ownCloud ensures compatibility across the board as long as everyone uses browsers enabled with WebRTC.