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ownCloud

CEO: Markus Rex

Based on the popular ownCloud open-source community project, Lexington, Mass.-based ownCloud's software is pitched as an alternative to commercial cloud services like Dropbox and Amazon Cloud Drive.

The software acts as both a local file repository and a file proxy that lets users store files, photos, contacts and other content on a server of their choosing and access it from mobile devices, desktop computers and Web browsers. Written in PHP and JavaScript and developed on the MySQL database, ownCloud is available in a free Community Edition as well as commercial Business and Enterprise editions.

OwnCloud operates what it calls "a partner first policy" under which the company always involves solution providers and other partners that help customers with implementation and other infrastructure services, which sometimes host an ownCloud solution.