Zimbra Drive vs Nextcloud ZimletNow that Zimbra Drive is released as an installation option in Zimbra Open-Source edition, I often talk to people that are not aware that Zimbra Drive is developed separately from Nextcloud Zimlet (Zimbra WebDAV Client).
While both products allow you to integrate Nextcloud/ownCloud in your Zimbra, there are some differences. That I’ll show you in this post.
|WebDAV Client||Zimbra Drive|
|Markdown||yes*||no||*Support rendering Markdown. Directly edit from Zimbra, the text source file.|
|Require Nextcloud APP||no||yes|
|Support SSO to Nextcloud||no*||yes||*WebDAV Client supports storing the password on Zimbra LDAP (in plain text)|
|Support Windows File Shares via external storage||yes||no*||*You can store the credentials of a share in Nextcloud, but that means all users would use a single set of credentials|
|Supported by Zimbra||no||yes|
Zimbra WebDAV Client now fully supports previewing in OnlyOffice (Screenshot).
In my experience, Collabora (LibreOffice) creates documents that are 100% compatible with LibreOffice, while OnlyOffice creates documents that are 100% compatible with Microsoft Office. In addition when one exports to a PDF the documents from Collabora are more compatible with jsPDF (so you can embed it in WordPress).
If it comes to the configuration, Zimbra Drive is pre-configured by the administrator that can set the Nextcloud servers to use per cos/domain etc. Zimbra WebDAV Client allows the admin to set default settings (can be based on Zimbra’s public URL) and set a list of allowed domains. The user is able to configure the settings of Zimbra WebDAV Client to use whatever Nextcloud desired (if the admin allows the domain).
Did I overlook a feature? Comment below and I add it to the table.
Barry de Graaff
Zeta Alliance Co-founder & Developer https://github.com/Zimbra-Community