ownCloud Introduces Virtual File System Within Desktop Client

To synchronize with end device only when needed, users to need less local storage
This is a Press Release edited by on 2018.06.12

ownCloud GmbH announces the introduction of the Virtual File System within the Desktop Client.

The Virtual File System provides the technology to synchronize with the end device only when needed. With this, users will need less local storage space, have a simplified usability, as well as an improved user experience with the firm’s solution.

Unlike earlier versions, users can now choose not to synchronize all files with the server from the Desktop Client. Users no longer need to selectively decide which folders they want to synchronize, now, the local ownCloud folder shows them the exact file and folder structures that exist on the server, regardless of whether or not the data is available locally. If a file is requested, users can download and open it with a single click, they can also download several files at a time by right clicking the files via the context menu. This function will also be available for entire folders with future versions of the app.

The Virtual File System creates an intelligent solution for constantly growing storage requirements within ownCloud, and also improves user experience with integration into the natural workflow of the desktop. Users no longer have to worry about configuring their Desktop Client; they can work within their folder while all the hard work takes place behind the scenes. Native functions of the file browser (i.e. search for file names) can be used without data being physically located on the end device and without having to access the web application within the browser.

Integration and adaptive synchronization
The long-term goal of the Virtual File System is to integrate the firm’ solution with familiar workflows of the desktop, so that the user can concentrate solely on their essential tasks. In future versions, for example, users will soon be able to perform file operations, such as moving, deleting or renaming files, and will be able to share data with other users more conveniently from the file browser and without having to manually synchronize the data from the server.

Users will also be able to change the synchronization status of any file, at any time. It will soon be as easy as making data available on demand; local storage space will intuitively be freed up by transferring corresponding files to the cloud via the context menu.

With the introduction of the Virtual File System, selective synchronization is soon going to be replaced by adaptive synchronization, tailored to fit the users' needs. In the future the Virtual File System will also provide AI elements to enable automated and anticipatory provisions of certain files when needed (keyword: machine learning).

Release with version 2.5.0
the company's release of Delta Sync, the Virtual File System has been anticipated by 22 million firm’s community users. As part of the Desktop Client, the Virtual File System is licensed under GPLv2 and can, therefore, be freely used by all users and developers.

The official release of the Virtual File System will be included with the release of the next Desktop Client version (2.5.0). The technology is currently still in the testing phase, however, a video demo is available to provide users with a first look into application, including the functionality of the Virtual File System.

Users, who want to try the Virtual File System in a first available test version of the Desktop Client, will find detailed installation instructions on the company’s website.


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