I have installed Nextcloud on a Raspberry Pi and use it for file syncing and to host CalDAV and CardDAV entries. The main driver for this was that I am working in a very heavily regulated industry where using Cloud services for business purposes is basically forbidden, ruling out a 3rd party Nextcloud provider as well as the usual suspects.
I am preparing a training for my fellow workers, of which the majority is non-technical. I am a tinkerer and I have an extensive IT background so setting up Nextcloud was a lot of fun for me, but nothing I could recommend to most people. I therefore had a look at Synology NAS appliances and found that they easily cover the same features, and then some, so this looks like a good solution for most people.
Would you agree with this statement, or are there basic (functional) differences between the 2 solutions that I am missing?
What confuses me is that I see posts of people installing Nextcloud on Synology. Whats the use of that specifically? The only reason I could imagine is that the Synology hardware is out of support and Nextcloud is a way to make the box more useful, but again I might be missing something.
Thanks for your feedback.