Open Source File Sharing Company adds Product Marketing Expertise

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Recently launched ownCloud hires product vice president

ownCloud, the popular open source file-sharing project and recently launched commercial entity, announced the addition of former CA Technologies product marketing senior director, Matthew Richards, as vice president, products.

Richards will provide product-related strategies and initiatives for ownCloud, including product roadmaps, positioning, and U.S. channel. In his most recent role, Richards was senior director of Product Marketing for Enterprise and Cloud Solutions at CA Technologies, where he launched several new cloud products.

“Matthew is a proven asset in the cloud space and we expect he will be invaluable at navigating the ownCloud Enterprise Edition from an open source project to a commercial offering,” said Markus Rex, founder and CEO, ownCloud. “He will continue to help us build our U.S. presence.”
Prior to CA Technologies, Richards was instrumental in commercializing SUSE Studio and other new products for Novell. In addition, he spent eight years helping customers in a range of industries solve complex technical challenges as an R&D and strategy consultant.
Richards holds patents in enterprise architecture software, a BA and BE in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from MIT in new product and venture development.

“ownCloud is uniquely positioned to capitalize on open source innovations and radically alter the cloud storage marketplace,” said Matthew Richards, vice president, ownCloud. “We provide enterprises, and partners, with a single, flexible, storage cloud for file access from any device. More importantly, this cloud can be managed to corporate standards and policies, making it more than just gigabytes on a server somewhere.”

ownCloud -- already a popular open source project with more than 350,000 users -- offers the ease-of-use and cost effectiveness of Dropbox and box.net with a more secure, better managed offering that, because it’s open source, offers greater flexibility and no vendor lock in. ownCloud users can also run their own file sync and share services on their own hardware and storage, or use popular public hosting and storage offerings.

ownCloud enables universal access to files through a web interface standard called WebDAV, providing a platform to easily view and sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks across devices while supporting basic editing right on the web. Installation has minimal server requirements, doesn’t need special permissions and is quick. ownCloud is extendable via a simple, powerful API for applications. Product and Services offerings will be announced in the first quarter of 2012.

About ownCloud
Based on the popular ownCloud open source community project, ownCloud was founded in 2011 to bring greater flexibility, access and security to unstructured data in enterprises. Company headquarters are in Boston, with development in Germany. For more information, please visit: http://www.owncloud.com

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