Japan to add millions of new nodes to federated Nextcloud network

Originally published at: https://nextcloud.com/blog/japan-to-add-millions-of-new-nodes-to-federated-nextcloud-network/

Nextcloud, Waffle Computer and NEC Platforms to bring federated file exchange and collaboration to millions of new users in Japan

We are excited to announce that through a partnership with NEC Platforms, Ltd. and Waffle Computer, Ltd., millions of routers will be equipped with Nextcloud, bringing secure, federated and private file exchange to their users. The global network of hundreds of thousands of Nextcloud servers, capable of seamlessly exchanging data with each other, will thus be extended by millions of new nodes over the course of several years.

Nextcloud Federation

With Nextcloud, everyone from home users to large enterprises, hospitals and government agencies can host their own, secure and private Dropbox or Office 365 alternative. Nextcloud offers easy to use web, desktop and mobile interfaces to sync files, share them with others and edit them on-the-go. By keeping data on a trusted server, users know where data is, who has access, and nothing leaks. As most most popular self-hosted file sync and collaboration technology with hundreds of thousands of servers on the web, Nextcloud is used by companies like SIEMENS, institutes like the German Federal government, research organizations like the Max-Planck-institute, financial enterprises like Raiffeisen and many more. Its combined number of users is estimated to be over 25 million globally.

Nextcloud servers are not alone. The Nextcloud Federation feature enables users from one Nextcloud server to share with users on another server, creating a globally spanning network of private, self-hosted clouds. A federated cloud id, comparable to an email address, enables users to identify one another, while servers also exchange address book data when authorized to do so.

Japan joining the Network

With the deployment of Nextcloud on the upcoming generation of routers from NEC Platforms, Ltd., the global network of federated Nextclouds will be expanding with millions of nodes, starting in Japan. This marks a significant step for Nextcloud and its users, bringing even greater momentum to the meteoric growth of Nextcloud.

NEC Platforms, Ltd. (https://www.necplatforms.co.jp/en/company/profile.html), is a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, and is also a leader in Japan broadband access market.

Waffle Computer, Ltd. is a Nextcloud partner in Japan, dedicated to bringing federated, decentralized computing to users across the globe and connecting major technology partners to make this happen.

We look forward to working with Nextcloud on expanding the file storage and exchange capabilities of our router solutions,
said Mr. Shinji Nakayama, Chief Manager at the Access-Device Development Division at NEC Platforms,Ltd.
The ability to federate between routers and form a global network enables our users to collaborate with others while staying in control over their data.
I believe routers are a great platform to bring self-hosted clouds into the house of millions of users,
said Frank Karlitschek, founder and managing director of Nextcloud GmbH.
It can be as easy and normal to have your own data at home as it is to own a television or mobile phone.
The collaboration with Nextcloud and NEC Platforms is very exciting,
said Masayuki Note, founder and owner of Waffle Computer, Ltd.
This collaboration can bring millions of users a private cloud solution, establishing a real alternative to centralized cloud providers.

Today, Nextcloud also announced Nextcloud 14 and our Simple Signup program.

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Exciting news! Congratulations people. :grinning:

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Did I get that right?
Nextcloud will be placed on routers in normal peoples home?
Just like my Fritzbox here in Germany?

This would be an awesome idea to allow everyone to keep control over their own data.
Good news - like it :slight_smile:

Of course it has to be configured securly enough tough …

@system, can you please specify the routers?

This is exactly my question as well… even the most recent home routers with OpenWRT are maybe just barely able to run Nextcloud, but it will be far from an enjoyable experience with 256 or 512mb ram and a slow ARM CPU.
If NEC plans to bring a sufficiently fast home router to the market for a price similar to a Fritzbox that would be awesome.

Other than that I am wondering if they want to deploy some sort of DynDNS system, or how will the federation between routers work?

One of the NEC Platform router/server models will have 8GB RAM, 4-core Atom, Hard drive/RAID option in a size of router+. It will have a built-in DDNS providing a hostname. It also has features like NAS, VPN gateway(IPSEC/L2TP), virtual desktop, VM, SSL, and much more. You can install/setup apps like Nextcloud, Mattermost, Wordpress etc in minutes. TURN server enables you to run TALK over firewall.

NEC platform plans to start selling the router/servers early Feb.,2019.

Sounds awesome. Is there already any pricing information and information on availability outside of Japan?

No pricing infomation,yet. However, I expect the price would be like that of NUC of the similar specification.

Just curious why they did not go with Freedombox? It offers more in home use sense

Freedombox does not provide thin client environment like Waffle Cell’s. In the test marketing, over 90% of the users use this feature. This is the reason why the router/server has 8GB RAM so that you can create up to four headless desktops in the router/server.

I connect to the headless desktop from my ‘thin client’ (PC, tablet, smartphone) most of the time. In other words, my desktop apps like LibreOffice are running in my router. Unlike Amazon WorkSpace which you ALWAYS connect over the Internet, it is very fast when your client is in the same network as the router/server.

Also, I think most of the end-users cannot handle Freedombox. Waffle Cell is much simpler/easier to use.

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