About Us

We created deskonline.cloud to offer Australian Businesses and individuals access to Nextcloud as an alternative to Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud and Office 365 for online workspace collaboration and file storage.

“We” are based in Brisbane, Queensland and we’ve each spent a lot of years (more than 25 years each!) working in retail, Telco/ICT managed services, government and not for profit organisations doing all things business / technology operations and transformation.

For more about what we do and how it influences the way we nurture deskonline.cloud, head over to our professional services website www.partlettconsulting.com.au or connect with us on LinkedIn.

Now, more about deskonline.cloud and Nextcloud…

What is Nextcloud?

Nextcloud is an alternative to services like Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud but the software is free and it can be set up so that your files are always accessible via the internet. Your files can then be accessed from any device, as long as that device has internet access. Sharing of files is easy – you can let other people view or edit even if they are not a Nextcloud user.   So far this kind of sounds like all the others, right?

Right, but there’s one really big differentiator. What sparked our interest in Nextcloud was the conversation around data ownership. Unlike the other comparable services, with Nextcloud, you remain the sole owner of your data. That’s right. Your data is your data. Nextcloud does not claim a right to co-own your data, access your data, share your data or lock you out from your own data. If you share a photo, it’s your photo and you’re sharing it only with those you have decided to share it with.

Beyond data security though, there are a stack of day to day tasks that are just easier to navigate in the Nextcloud platform. Less clicks for starters. Less. Clicks. Once you start using it, you’ll know what we mean!

So how does deskonline.cloud fit in?

While the Nextcloud software is free, you still need to be able to run the Nextcloud software and host your files somewhere.

Yes, you could go directly to Nextcloud and sign-up yourself. But you’ll need to be pretty fly with Linux administration and prepared for a lengthy and technical set-up process. Plus you’ll then need to make sure you have a maintenance and upgrade plan with technical expertise on hand to carry it out.

Lucky for you we are pretty fly with Linux and we love the challenge of a lengthy technical exercise. We host deskonline.cloud on Amazon Web Services, in Australian data centres. And we’re committed to keeping deskonline.cloud up to date with the very latest Nextcloud version. We launched deskonline.cloud when Nextcloud was on version 8 and we’re now in the early 20’s!.

Because we use deskonline.cloud in our own businesses, we are constantly living the user experience and making improvements. We keep an eye on the suite of Nextcloud apps available so we can find clever ways to integrate them into deskonline.cloud. Plus we love finding new ways to integrate other technologies into the stack (like Camunda, form.io and Node-RED).

If you’re interested in a comparison of how Nextcloud vs the rest, read more here: https://nextcloud.com/compare/

We’d love you to visit!

If you’d like to hang out in the deskonline.cloud space for a little while to see if it works for you, head over to our sign-up page and hit the ‘Sign-up Now’ button to activate your free 30 day trial.