When the Sky is Cloudy [Data Management]

A few years ago, the word cloud mostly related to the clouds in the sky, now it immediately makes me think of Data Clouds. Although a recent study totally contradicts this saying that most people think it is run on actual clouds in the sky.  Most businesses manage their databases in the cloud, they also use the cloud as an easy way to manage data and backups. Home users use cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon Cloud Drive to easily backup pictures, music, and documents.  Although these solutions are easy and often reliable solutions, how much of your private data do you really want to entrust to big corporations? Google already knows too much about you via your search history and social media sites like Facebook make your personal information everyone’s business.

When it comes to privacy, there is a very fine line of knowing what these companies are doing with your data and whose hands are actually on it. Security breaches have been very common in the past and they aren’t going anywhere.  Sometimes it’s not the question of will someone steals your data, it’s when will they steal your data. So, why not set up your own home cloud? It is actually a lot less daunting than it sounds.

No-IP is an integrated solution in most Synology devices, which makes this integration even more seamless if you would like to easily access your home cloud remotely on a dynamic IP address. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars a year for remote cloud data management services.

The product that we recommend is the Synology NAS storage device. It hooks up to your router to easily create a home network for seamless backups. If you decide to purchase the NAS with 2 bays, you will have a fully redundant cloud if the first hard drive were to ever crash. Your data will be at the tip of your fingers, freeing your computers hard drive of unnecessary data. You can check out these tutorials for easily setting up your NAS device at home, the office, or wherever.

Have you set up your own “cloud” before? How did you do it?

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