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January 30, 2019

Private clouds: What's right for your home?


It wasn’t too long ago that the cloud didn’t even exist, and yet here we are today utilizing it every day. The cloud saves storage space on our devices, secures our important files, and makes it easier to access our documents and pages whenever we want, wherever we want. This new convenience is one that we already take for granted because of the convenience and efficiency it offers.

It’s all thanks to the cloud that we don’t need hundreds of gigabytes on our smartphones to save all of our pertinent information. Instead, we can just pull up anything we’ve sent to the cloud in an instant, no matter where we are. This concept has worked wonders in the business world, but it’s become useful in a couple of other scenarios as well. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of a personal cloud, and find out how you can use it to your advantage.

A Little Background

There are three types of clouds: public, private, and personal. Although they all operate based on the same principles, they have significant differences and are tailored to different needs.

The public cloud stores everyone’s data together. Not that everyone else can see your data, but it’s all stored in one large cloud. Applications like Dropbox and Google Drive are among the more popular examples of the public cloud, and many businesses depend on these services for their success. If you think of the public cloud like an apartment building, everyone’s data is stored in different rooms under the same roof.

A private cloud is essentially a smaller cloud that encompasses the data of a specific group of people. This means the data in this smaller cloud is not stored along with all of the data up in the public cloud, but it is stored next to other users. Businesses use this type of storage system to easily share files between employees and edit documents together while limiting and controlling who accesses the information.

You might use the private cloud to store the digital employee handbook, send daily or weekly memos, and cooperate on projects in teams. If your manager grants you access to a specific cloud of documents and information, you’re likely on a private cloud platform.

The personal cloud, which is what we’ll be focusing on, is the most isolated of all the cloud systems. As such, some people find it to be the optimal way to go. The data that’s stored in a personal cloud is completely isolated from everything else. No one can view, edit, or access the files on your cloud except you. However, you’ll still be able to access your personal cloud from multiple devices.

Why Go with a Personal Cloud?

Out of the three different types of clouds, it’s usually pretty easy to tell which one makes the most sense for you. Large corporations, small businesses, and individuals all have different needs, so think about the pros and cons of each before you subscribe to one. Here’s why you might consider going with a personal cloud.

  • Faster Speeds — Life moves quickly, and the personal cloud can help you keep up. This storage option offers faster speeds, so you get what you’re looking for as soon as you need it. Unlike the public cloud or even private clouds, the personal cloud stores your information and your information only. You won’t have to wait for the system to search through all of the files it has stored to find yours. Instead, you’ll use your unique credentials to log in to your personal cloud immediately.

  • Data Backup — One of the risks of using the cloud is losing your data, which is why you should back all of your important information up. When the public cloud service you use crashes, disaster could ensue. Not only is a personal cloud less likely to crash, but you’ll also have better backup options. If you have two hard drive bays on your personal cloud device, you can duplicate your data to be stored on both drives.

  • Affordability — Public cloud storage is effective, but the quality services are expensive. Since you won’t need the immense storage space that you would if you were running a corporation, the products you’re looking for will come at a lower cost. Additionally, you’ll likely pay a one-time cost instead of a recurring subscription. While public storage may continue to get more expensive, you’ll be set with your personal cloud.

There’s also the issue of losing data because of missed payments. It’s easy to accidentally skip a payment towards your cloud storage, even if you have the funds. Unfortunately, this could result in lost information, and that could be detrimental to your operation. This will never happen in the case of a one-time payment personal cloud storage system.

  • Privacy and Security — Cloud storage is revolutionary, exciting, and efficient, but it’s not completely foolproof. When everyone’s data is stored in the same system, it’s easier for hackers to access information. Google Drive, Dropbox, and other related services are also required to give the government access to your information if called upon.

When you use the personal cloud, you are the only one who can get to your stored media. You won’t have to worry about the thin apartment walls that might let other people access your private documents, and you can still share your data without going through a public channel.

  • Accessibility — When you think of the cloud, you think of connectivity. You should be able to seamlessly access your information among all of your devices, and the personal cloud makes it simple. You’ll be able to access the same data on your laptop, your phone, and your iPad, and nobody else will be able to get to it. You can jot down a note in your phone and then come back to it on your computer when you’re ready to work on it, and it’ll be just as easy to get to on any platform.

  • Storage — You don’t have to look too hard to find a free, basic personal cloud storage system. Chances are you don’t personally have as much data as a small company, so these free services should give you the space you need to store your information and media. If it turns out you need a bit more, it’s easy to make the upgrade.

Making the Decision

Just like the public cloud isn’t right for everyone, a personal cloud isn’t right for everyone either. It’s up to you to identify your needs and decide which option will satisfy them to the fullest. You’re not going to get the most out of your cloud storage system unless you fully understand what to expect.

If you need a serious amount of storage space for your large company, then public cloud storage might be right for you. In this case, it’s easy for everyone involved with the company to see anything the manager grants them access to.

For a smaller company, like a startup, a private cloud storage system might be a better way to go. Data from a specific group is stored together, but there are still partitions between users. Again, you can grant others access to your files.

If you don’t have a whole lot of data to store, you’re especially concerned with your privacy, or you don’t want to overpay for cloud storage, a personal cloud is always worth looking into. You’ll have all the privacy and security you need and quick access to your data from any of your devices all at a cost-efficient price.