Nextcloud 21 brings about numerous enhancements. Discover out which of those may lead you emigrate to the most recent iteration of the very best on-premise cloud resolution accessible.
Depart it to the builders of Nextcloud to make severe enhancements over their already world-class, open supply, on-premise cloud resolution. The newest iteration (v21) is all about collaboration, which is strictly what companies of all sizes might use in the mean time. With extra individuals working from dwelling, and extra corporations attempting to save cash, Nextcloud could possibly be the best device.
Let’s check out what model 21 has to supply.
Earlier than you proceed on, you will get a fundamental set up of Nextcloud 21 up and operating by following my information: The way to set up Nextcloud 20 on Ubuntu Server 20.04.
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With the most recent launch, the builders noticed a necessity for at-scale deployments. With smaller use-cases, Nextcloud performs fairly properly. When deployment sizes begin to enterprise into the enterprise stage, efficiency begins to in a short time degrade.
To that finish, Roeland Douma, server engineering and help lead for Nexcloud stated this:
At a scale of tens of millions of customers, milliseconds begin to add up. After analyzing software and caching server, storage and database habits, our staff was capable of considerably cut back the influence of frequent operations. The Excessive Efficiency Again-end, however, gives a very new manner of lowering server load whereas bringing a brand new stage of responsiveness to customers.
To resolve this challenge, the builders went again to the drafting board and completely rewrote the Recordsdata part back-end in Rust. The result’s a 10x efficiency enhance with the Recordsdata device.
Here is the catch: This newly rewritten backend is an optionally available set up. If you set up the Nextcloud 21, you are not getting the enterprise-capable efficiency enhance. I am ready on my Nextcloud contact to ship me directions on how this back-end is put in (so I can hopefully distill that down into an easy-to-follow tutorial). Within the meantime, know that’s it now doable to deploy an occasion of Nextcloud that’s as much as your enterprise efficiency wants.
That is one other challenge centered round large-scale deployments, the place many customers are working and collaborating collectively inside Nextcloud. With earlier iterations of the Nextcloud cloud resolution, customers must periodically verify the server to see if any recordsdata had been modified. With Nextcloud 21, it’s now doable to allow push notifications to shoppers, with a purpose to mitigate the necessity for the shoppers to manually verify for modifications.
Just like the Rust back-end, this should be put in manually and, presently, I am having bother getting it to work. The method of enabling push notifications requires:
- The set up of the Shopper Push app from the Nextcloud app retailer
- Set up and configuration of Redis
- Working the command (from throughout the Nextcloud doc root):
sudo -u www-data php occ notify_push:setup
There’s a guide set up that I’ll try, so hopefully I can get the push notification function up and operating.
New Whiteboard app
Together with Nextcloud 21 comes a Whiteboard app to assist enhance the collaboration expertise throughout the cloud platform. This Whiteboard app does precisely what you expect–it serves as your cloud-based whiteboard. You may draw on it, add shapes and textual content to it.
This new app works very well. When you create a brand new Whiteboard (which is finished in Recordsdata) you possibly can then share it out to different customers in your Nextcloud occasion. As soon as everybody has the file open, as anybody makes any modifications to the whiteboard, they will seem on everybody’s occasion of the file.
The one caveat is the Whiteboard app is not put in by default. This app can be thought of within the testing part, however as I stated, it does work fairly properly.
To put in the Whiteboard app, observe these steps:
- Log in to Nextcloud as an admin consumer.
- Click on your profile icon and click on the Apps entry.
- Seek for Whiteboard.
- Click on Allow Untested App (Determine A).
- When prompted, click on Obtain And Allow.
As soon as you’ve got put in the app, go to Recordsdata and click on the New button, the place you may now see a Whiteboard entry (Determine B).
This new app is nice for fast collaborations and brainstorming throughout the Nextcloud platform.
There are a couple of different additions price noting, together with:
- Person colours in textual content messages
- Standing indicators, a increase hand function, collapsable video bar, full-screen display screen sharing, and group dialog description in Nextcloud Discuss
- Drag-and-drop help, configurable particular folders, revamped threaded view, configurable attachment limits, and improved attachment dealing with in Nextcloud Mail
And that is just about what you are getting with Nextcloud 21. In case you’re already utilizing Nextcloud 20, you may wish to severely take into account the upgrade–even if solely to get the Whiteboard and the miscellaneous enhancements. Lastly, if you’re an enterprise consumer, the brand new back-end for Recordsdata must be a must have.
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