The idea of storing your files online sounds quite impressive, and with some exciting cloud services such as Mozy, DropBox, and SugarSync, many individuals and business enterprises have already jumped on the bandwagon. Storing files online is a great way to save space on your smartphone, PC, and tablets, and you can access all your files from any device. It all works great, but there are certain security concerns, and these services are not entirely free – they come with recurring monthly fees. To avoid making any compromises over your privacy and to save money while getting a chance to store data online, you can consider setting up a personal private cloud.
A personal private cloud offers similar computing services like any of these commercial cloud systems, but you'd be hosting these clouds at your own premises. All you have to do is attach a local Network Attached Storage (NAS) device to your internet router and you're ready to go. You can buy cheap, commercial NAS devices, like Oxygen, OwnCloud, and Tonido, or even try to build one of your own to save more money.
You should consider building your own personal private cloud because you will enjoy larger storage. It is at least larger than what you can get online free. With local cloud storage, you can enjoy terabytes of storage, which can be especially beneficial for larger enterprises. Faster uploads are another benefit because the transfer speed will be equal to your local area network. The biggest benefit is that setting up a personal private cloud is a cheaper option. It definitely requires some initial investment and effort, but it proves cheaper in the long run, as you can recover your initial investment in the first year or so and then you will be running the cloud for no additional charge. Be sure to consider this option before you decide to put your money into external cloud services.
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