Pimaxin
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Openmediavault vs Nextcloud

Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:32 am

Anyone have experience with either one of these? I need something that supports NFS for my home lab and was wondering what’s the difference between openmediavault and nextcloud?

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Re: Openmediavault vs Nextcloud

Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:07 am

I have been using nextcloudpi for a while now and find it to be very reliable. https://ownyourbits.com/nextcloudpi/

You can mount NFS under the "local" option in nextcloud and is reported to work very well. I use SMB to mount my NAS drive, that is attached to my nextcloud server.
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Re: Openmediavault vs Nextcloud

Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:04 pm

Key question is what you're actually looking to use it for?

NextCloud is more or less a "local cloud storage solution", in that it runs as a server and then there are client apps that go on your devices and the two sync up. There are ways and means to expand NC with various other stuff like calendar management, team collaboration and other bits, but underneath it's essentially your own cloud (hence the name of the project it forked from, OwnCloud).

OMV on the other hand is a NAS/server solution, again with drop-in plugins for stuff like Plex servers and web servers. You just connect to it over the network as you would any other server, without a specific local client.

Personally I've run both over the years, but blew away the OMV device and replaced it by a DietPi-based Pi and the original tasks are now shared between that and a second Pi running Docker via HypriotOS. My NextCloud server sits on the latter (although the former can support such an install too) and it's reasonably reliable and stable.

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Re: Openmediavault vs Nextcloud

Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:07 pm

DarrenHill wrote: Key question is what you're actually looking to use it for?

NextCloud is more or less a "local cloud storage solution", in that it runs as a server and then there are client apps that go on your devices and the two sync up. There are ways and means to expand NC with various other stuff like calendar management, team collaboration and other bits, but underneath it's essentially your own cloud (hence the name of the project it forked from, OwnCloud).

OMV on the other hand is a NAS/server solution, again with drop-in plugins for stuff like Plex servers and web servers. You just connect to it over the network as you would any other server, without a specific local client.

Personally I've run both over the years, but blew away the OMV device and replaced it by a DietPi-based Pi and the original tasks are now shared between that and a second Pi running Docker via HypriotOS. My NextCloud server sits on the latter (although the former can support such an install too) and it's reasonably reliable and stable.
Forgive my ignorance, but what's the difference between a NAS/Server and your own cloud? I thought a local cloud WAS a NAS? No? Thanks for helping me learn. =)

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Re: Openmediavault vs Nextcloud

Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:11 am

There is certainly a lot of cross-over between the two these days.

Generally the local cloud is more for sync'd data between a local and remote (at home) store, with the NAS more for file serving without a local version. It is possible to use each the other way around, but it's more normally designed that way.

These days though the capacity of NAS's to do both is strongly blurring the distinction - I can for example also use my NAS as the host for a cloud-like file sharing set-up (either through their proprietary software or via a NextCloud docker container).

File serving can be somewhat more complex to set up in the cloud environment than it is for a NAS, at least outside of the native cloud clients. For example on a mobile device it's simpler to set up a mobile app like MS Office to store stuff to a NAS than to NextCloud, although of course part of that is also MS wanting you to use their own cloud rather than a self-hosted one.

I'd sum it up as both used to be reasonably distinct uses (focus on local sharing via SMB/NFS vs synchronising local and remote versions via clients), but each is taking on a lot more of the capability of the other so the two applications are somewhat converging.

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