Store All That You Want on Your Per­sonal Cloud

Stor­age space for one’s dig­i­tal files, doc­u­ments and me­dia is al­ways at a pre­mium. But cloud stor­age can be an ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion and de­pends on the ser­vice provider. Thank­fully, there is an open source so­lu­tion that is tai­lor made for this kind of sit

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When some­one talks about cloud stor­age, the first thing that comes to mind is Drop­box or, maybe, the more re­cent doogle Drive. With ser­vices like th­ese be­com­ing pop­u­lar, ‘the cloud’ is some­thing that most of us have come to un­der­stand and use on an al­most daily ba­sis. But even though th­ese ser­vices have be­come ubiq­ui­tous, you still need to work within the space con­straints that they im­pose. With all the me­dia we have ac­cess to, like movies, mu­sic and pho­to­graphs, 2 or 5 dB of stor­age space just seems too lit­tle. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just set up our own pri­vate sync­ing ser­vice and hook up our hard disk to get a cloud stor­age ser­vice that we own and con­trol? Well, thanks to open source soft­ware called ownCloud, this is in­deed pos­si­ble. What’s more, it’s very sim­ple and straight­for­ward to set up! Your per­sonal cloud When you choose a com­mer­cial cloud stor­age com­pany like Drop­box, you get pre- de­ter­mined, non- con­fig­urable fea­tures along with their terms of ser­vice and data stor­age limit plans, which are li­able to change. And as has been proven in the past, th­ese ser­vices and, by ex­ten­sion, your data, are also at risk of be­ing hacked.

On the other hand, a per­sonal cloud is ex­actly what the name im­plies. You de­cide the stor­age lim­its, you choose the apps and fea­tures that should run on it and you de­cide the level of ac­cess that you want for your cloud. The per­sonal cloud con­cept is still rel­a­tively new, and com­mer­cial ven­dors in this do­main are few and very ex­pen­sive. How­ever, ownCloud pro­vides a ro­bust, free and open source al­ter­na­tive to set­ting up your own per­sonal

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