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StayAtHome: Rocket.Chat, Jitsi, Nextcloud, Mattermost – 3 Monate kostenfrei

Ab heute gilt es wieder offiziell: Sofern wir können, bleiben wir zu Hause und begrenzen Kontakte, um das Ansteckungsrisiko für sich und andere auf ein Minimum zu reduzieren. Daher wollen wir mit unserer Aktion StayAtHome Unternehmen, Schulen und Mitarbeiter*innen, denen es möglich ist, darin unterstützen, von zu Hause aus zu arbeiten.

Für Viele ist die größte Herausforderung im Homeoffice die wegfallende persönliche Kommunikation. Dementsprechend möchten wir euch mit Apps helfen, mit denen sich Meetings digitalisieren, kurze Team-Calls durchführen und Informationen und Dokumente schnell und unkompliziert übermitteln lassen. Aus diesem Grund, starten wir unsere StayAtHome Aktion erneut! Diesmal mit den Apps Jitsi, Mattermost, Rocket.Chat und Nextcloud.

So geht’s!

Mit dem Gutschein-Code “StayAtHome” stellen wir euch die Apps ab sofort für 3 Monate kostenfrei zur Verfügung! Der Gutschein-Code ist gültig, solange der Vorrat reicht. Die ersten 100 Nutzer*innen können ihn einlösen. Unsere Kapazitäten sind begrenzt, wir teilen aber gerne solange möglich.

Keine Abofalle

Dies ist keine Abofalle. Falls ihr kein Zahlungsmittel hinterlegt, endet diese Nutzungsphase automatisch nach 3 Monaten. Ihr müsst dazu nichts weiter tun. Also am besten jetzt anmelden!

Vorteile von Rocket.Chat, Jitsi und Nextcloud

  • Rocket.Chat: Mit Rocket.Chat ist es einfach, Multi-User-Gespräche in Kanälen zu organisieren, um großartige Kommunikationsumgebungen zu schaffen. Face-to-face Konversationen via Video-Chat, einfaches Teilen von Dateien und Desktops, inklusive Zugriff über jedes Gerät für Linux, Windows, Mac – kein Problem!

Rocket.Chat gratis starten

 

  • Jitsi: Direkte Zusammenarbeit ist wichtig. Triff Dich mit Kolleg*innen, Freund*innen oder Schüler*innen in digitalen Jitsi-Rooms. Der Zugriff ist über Browser, mobile Geräte oder Desktop Clients möglich. Immer und überall an Video Calls teilnehmen können: Was will man mehr?

Jitsi gratis nutzen

 

  • Nextcloud: Daten auf einem sicheren, deutschen Server speichern und von überall auf Deinen Datenbestand zugreifen. Höchste Sicherheit und Privatsphäre, einfacher Zugriff von jedem Gerät aus und Erweiterungen wie Kontakte, Kalender und Video-Calls: Das alles und noch viel mehr ist möglich mit der Nextcloud!

Nextcloud gratis einrichten

 

  • Mattermost: Es bietet den flexibelsten und sichersten Messaging-Service, ohne Deine Daten zu gefährden. Ein ganzer Katalog von Plug-Ins, Web-Hooks und Chat-Bots mit über 700 Anwendungen und Tools steht zur Verfügung, die integriert werden können. Halte Deine Nachrichten am Laufen: Egal, ob in Kanälen, privaten Chats oder in Face-to-face Calls mit der Jitsi-Integration.

Mattermost gratis anfordern

 

StayAtHome. Stay healthy.

Auch wir wissen, dass Homeoffice nicht in jeder Branche möglich ist, glauben aber an die Verantwortung derer, die es umsetzen können – zum Wohle aller. In diesem Sinne: Bleibt gesund! Und wenn möglich, zu Hause!

Five Nextcloud Do’s and Don’ts

Five Nextcloud Do’s and Don’ts

Here are a five Do’s and Don’ts you should consider when using Nextcloud. These are examples that have of course already happened a few times in the past.

Do’s

1. When you activate an app, make sure you read the instructions first. Not reading them could cause serious problems with your Nextcloud.

2. If many people are working on a document it is better to do this online as there are no conflicts with the document. However, if you work offline, the document may not yet be synchronized and everyone gets a different version of it.

3. It is more helpful and clearer if you create a separate account for each user in the nextcloud. For example, you can see which user has deleted a file.

4. If you share a file via link, it is highly recommended to set a password and an expiration date of the link. This ensures more security for your data.

5. Always have a backup independent of the provider when working with sensitive or company relevant data. If you or one of your users makes a mistake and data is accidentally deleted, you should always have a backup of all your data stored locally.

Don’ts

1. Don’t put all files in one folder and share it with all users, so they all work on it at the same time. If several users work in the same folder at the same time, this can lead to problems during synchronization, especially if the same file is edited or uploaded.

2. But even if one of the users deletes the folder locally from the sync folder, you may lose all your data.

3. Don’t enable server side encryption because you can’t turn it off again. If you activate server-side encryption in Nextcloud, you will not receive a key to decrypt it again. To do this you would have to encrypt it on the command line where you also get a key to decrypt it again.

4. Don’t use the End-to-End-Encryption if you are not familiar with it. In addition the End-to-End-Encryption is still in beta testing. As you may know, betas may contain problems and shouldn’t be used without caution, especially when it comes to data that is very important for companies or yourself.

5. Don’t delete data from the local sync client folder. All data you delete from the sync folder will be deleted in the cloud as well. The data you delete from the sync folder will be synchronized with the cloud as well as with the local sync folders of all other users. Everything you change in the local sync client folder will also be changed in the cloud, please keep this in mind.

Please try to follow these guidelines, so you can work safely with Nextcloud without encountering particularly serious problems. If you stick to these Do’s and Don’ts, you will have no problems using Nextcloud.

Jitsi vs Zoom vs BigBlueButton

Because of Covid-19 there are a lot of precautions right now. Many companies are now forced to work remotely and this has caused a huge increase in digital work over the last few months. The classic office job naturally also includes meetings, which now have to take place online. Video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Jitsi and BigBlueButton are suitable for many companies. But the question for a lot is, which is the most suitable platform for their own company or own personal use.
We have taken a closer look at these different appications and this is our conclusion.

What is Jitsi Meet, Zoom and BigBlueButton and how do they work?
The three applications are video conferencing and messenger services. You can create video rooms where you can video chat with co-workers, friends and relatives. You can chat with participants, share appointments and documents as well as your screen. All you need is a device capable of running the applications and a stable Internet connection.

Jitsi

Jitsi meet is a part of the open source software project Jitsi. This application requires no download and can be used on the web without registration. You can easily and quickly create a conference room and share it to others. Of course it is also possible to assign a password to this conference room. In addition, it is possible to add an unlimited number of participants to the chat, but please note that the use with video is limited to about 50 participants. The Internet connection is the problem here, each participant has an estimated input of 2 MBps with audio and video. Since not every participant has high-speed Internet access, it will be difficult to play back video transmissions from 50 or more participants. Other features include end-to-end encryption, chrome extension, an IOS and Android app as well as free unlimited use. A very important factor is data security, which is well provided by Jitsi. No data is passed onto third parties, but remains within the company.

Zoom

Zoom is a very popular way of video chatting and is widely used for professional applications. Of course, screen contents can be shared with other participants. The chat function, whiteboarding, breakout and waiting rooms are further features of Zoom. The free basic version of Zoom allows the use of a maximum of 40 minutes, which is a small disadvantage. In addition an account must be created to use Zoom. However, there are other versions available which are subject to a charge. With the paid versions it is possible to add up to 500 or even 1000 participants and use unlimited cloud memory. According to heise.de, Zoom sent data to Facebook every time the iOS version of the software was launched until the end of March – even if the Zoom user does not have a Facebook account. We cannot assess the data security at Zoom.

BigBlueButton

BigBlueButton is also an open source product like Jitsi and offers the possibility to extend your application with add-ons. This makes it suitable for many companies that like to integrate their application into another product. Also with BigBlueButton no additional software has to be installed, because the application runs on the web. However, BigBlueButton requires a server to be running first, after which users can access it via the web. BigBlueButton is not for communication in teams or among individuals, but rather for seminars and other interactive event formats with a manageable number of participants.

Conclusion

To summarize, Jitsi is now a very successful alternative to Zoom and can compete with its security and ease of use. However, we would be happy for a few more features.
Zoom is currently very successful and offers a simple and great solution for many companies. However, you need to be well informed about how user data is handled.
BigBlueButton is a very successful application which is becoming more and more interesting for many people. Unfortunately, the ease of use is not as good as the competition.
In general the platforms are quite similar, but still very different in their own way.

Mattermost vs Rocket.Chat

Rocketchat vs Mattermost: Which one is right for you?

Communication inside the company is crucial for any business, whether you have 20 members of staff or 1000. Every business needs a way to get their message across and a platform to do so. Why should messaging services just be used for social means? The capabilities of an open-source chat platform brought into a business environment is a utility that everyone needs to consider. Two of these contenders that are in the spotlight today are Rocketchat and Mattermost.

Both are great open-source chat apps with a clean interface that isn’t cluttered and all of your groups neatly categorized so you can see exactly whats going on. They have taken simplicity, efficiency and productivity and rolled it all into a package that can really propel the level of communication in your business. Think of the success of Whatsapp and Messenger and how they both deliver on a social platform, now apply that to a business environment where you can expand the possibilities of communication to greater heights.

Lets jump right into Rocketchat and what see they have to offer.

 

Rocket.Chat

Right from the get-go you find yourself with a comfortable user interface that doesn’t jump out at you, but instead has been carefully laid-out to keep all of your chats and groups organized without having to trawl through 100s of contacts. The ability to manage groups and contacts gives you full control over what you see on your homepage neatly separated into categories of whats important to you. Being available for desktop and mobile devices you can take your chats everywhere with you and always be in the loop. Not only that but admin may also grant permissions to different users giving you control over how your chat operates.

 

Ease of Use

Due to current circumstances more and more people are now doing home-office and Rocketchat is well equipped to make sure that business flows uninterrupted and could even be the bridge to new working opportunities. With audio/video conferencing, screen sharing and live translation in nearly 40 languages already integrated, it will almost feel like your employees never left the office. As well as with email you also have the option to sign in from 3rd party apps like Facebook, Google and even Github. There’s no need to bring everyone into a meeting especially when some have to travel great distances or some are not currently in the office, just setup your meeting through Rocketchat and give everyone the ability to join from wherever they are.

Privacy

For those of you concerned about privacy, you also have the option to self-host your chat, especially if you are interacting with your customers. You can have thousands of people in designated chatrooms which you have control over and you also don’t have to pay per person which could save you a lot of money! All of your data stays safe so none of your information will be passed onto a 3rd party.

  • Clean user-friendly interface
  • Control over permissions
  • Audio/video conferencing and screen share
  • Privacy is key, nothing is forwarded

Mattermost

Now lets take a look at what Mattermost has to offer and for those of you coming from Slack, you will have an easy time transitioning. Much like Rocketchat, you will see how nicely laid-out all of your menus are and you even have the opportunity to separate your groups further so each department can have their own channel for private or group chatting. You can also import your data from Slack directly so you will be away in no time.

Privacy

Mattermost takes privacy to the next step with self-hosted deployment on premise or even to private or public clouds. Take control of your data and even after you decide to cancel, all of your information stays with you. Everything about you like IP addresses, usage patterns and even the details in your messages are kept secret so you don’t have to worry about them being passed onto anyone. There is also the option of Data loss prevention and complete operational auditability which grants you full access to logs of all server records, infrastructure/database changes and user activity.

Customization

One thing I love most about Mattermost is the customization of over 700 UI and UX apps and tools that can be integrated. You have an entire catalog of extensions, web-hooks and even chat bots that can be implemented into the program to boost productivity and avoid consistent switching of apps and programs. Why have email, video call and screen share in 3 different programs, when you integrate everything into one and use it as a hub for all of your communication needs. Here you have the freedom to customize everything to how you want it to look and even create your own plugins.

Smooth Features

Gone are the days of sending an email and waiting for a reply and having to cc everyone into the message. Here you can live chat with anyone in any group and even @ mention people where they will be notified either in app or when they are offline by email. Not only that but with silk smooth features like drag and drop file sharing, project management and custom emojis, your contacts will have no problem presenting projects and showing off their latest ideas.

  • Privacy when you delete any of the NETWAYS Web Services apps, all of the data is deleted with it
  • Integration from over 700 apps and tools
  • Smooth features for sharing and messaging
  • Endless customization possibilities

 

The great thing with both of these apps is it doesn’t just end there. Both being open-source opens the doors to unlimited possibilities in order to meet your needs. Make it your own and customize it however you like, don’t just be happy with the default you are given. And don’t just think of them as business only apps, they are perfectly suitable for private use especially now more people are spending time at home, possibly away from family, this is a great way to stay connected.

With plans to suit all of your needs NETWAYS Web Services offers various packages that can be deployed instantly and ready to use within minutes. Whether you choose to host it yourself or publicly over the cloud, a more secure communication service with endless customization options is here and it’s working wonders.

NETWAYS Webinare 3.0 und Kubernetes mit Thomas-Krenn

Seit vielen Jahren führen wir aktuell Webinare durch und haben hier bereits die verschiedensten Tools im Einsatz. Damit wir künftig eine noch breitere Masse an Benutzern ansprechen können und vielleicht auch die “Hemmschwelle” für die Registrierung nehmen wollen, werden künftig all unsere Webinare auf unserem YouTube-Kanal per Live-Stream übertragen. Die Vorteile sind dabei, dass wir künftig keine Abhängigkeit mehr zu Software-Lösungen haben, welche Benutzer auf Ihren Systemen installieren müssen und eine noch bessere Interaktion über den Live-Chat führen können.

Unser Webinar-Kalender wird dabei stetig mit neuen Terminen ergänzt. Darüber hinaus werden wir künftig auch relativ spontan Live-Streams zu diversen Inhalten durchführen. Daher am besten gleich unseren YouTube-Kanal abonnieren!

Aktuelle Webinare

Aktuell haben wir zwei weitere Webinare geplant, für welche man direkt einschalten:

  • Icinga: Icinga for Windows v1.2.0 Vorstellung: 16. September 2020 um 10:30 Uhr
  • Icinga: Vorstellung der Monitoring Lösung Icinga 2: 14.10.2020 um 10:30 Uhr

Kubernetes Webinar mit Thomas-Krenn

Mit Thomas-Krenn pflegen wir bereits seit vielen Jahren eine erfolgreiche Partnerschaft im Server Umfeld für unsere NETWAYS Cloud und NETWAYS Web Services. Die Kollegen veranstalten mit uns gemeinsam am Mittwoch, den 26. August 2020 um 10:30 Uhr ein Webinar auf deren Plattform mit dem Thema “Kubernetes: Einstieg in das Container Management“. Die Registrierung und Teilnahme ist hier möglich.

Ziel ist es einmal grundlegend einen Einstieg zu bieten, was Kubernetes überhaupt ist, welche Einsatzszenarien damit abgebildet werden können und anhand eines Beispiels die Funktionsweise zu demonstrieren.

Wir freuen uns wie immer auf eine Rege Teilnahme und stehen bei Rückfragen natürlich gerne zur Verfügung! Hierzu gerne mit uns Kontakt aufnehmen.

Christian Stein
Christian Stein
Lead Senior Account Manager

Christian kommt ursprünglich aus der Personalberatungsbranche, wo er aber schon immer auf den IT Bereich spezialisiert war. Bei NETWAYS arbeitet er als Senior Sales Engineer und berät unsere Kunden in der vertrieblichen Phase rund um das Thema Monitoring. Gemeinsam mit Georg hat er sich Mitte 2012 auch an unserem Hardware-Shop "vergangen".