Long Time SUSE Executive Joins Open Source File Sharing Company

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ownCloud co-founder Holger Dyroff joins as vice president, sales and marketing

ownCloud Inc., the commercial entity behind the popular open source file sync and share project, announced today that former SUSE executive and ownCloud co-founder Holger Dyroff, has joined the company as vice president, sales and marketing.

ownCloud -- 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 run their own file sync and share services on their own hardware and storage, use popular public hosting and storage offerings, or both.
Dyroff will have global responsibility for all company sales and marketing efforts. He joins the company from SUSE where he was vice president of business development. Dyroff has also served as Novell’s vice president, product management and marketing and SUSE’s general manager, Americas.

“ownCloud is challenging the cloud storage marketplace by offering businesses the tools they need to sync and share data where and how they want, from their own data centers, in the cloud, or both,” said Markus Rex, founder and CEO, ownCloud. “Aside from being a brand name in the open source business community, Holger brings to ownCloud vast management, sales, partner and marketing experience. He will be essential in forming the products enterprises look for to keep control of their critical data as well as build up ownCloud´s sales channel.”

Dyroff initially joined SUSE in 1993 as assistant to the CEO – his brother and SUSE co-founder Roland Dyroff. He studied law and business administration at University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
“ownCloud provides enterprises -- and partners -- with a single, flexible cloud storage application without the lock-in of the storage environment,” said Dyroff. “And because we're open source, our technology can be far more flexible, robust and cost efficient.”

OwnCloud Inc. will launch products and service offerings beginning this quarter.

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


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