Since the arrival of cloud storage, it has become quite a requirement for even a general user of the internet. In all fairness, they do come in quite handy.
The only problem is that there are so many choices available, that it is hard to decide which one to go for. Of course, the easier way is to first decide whether you need a free personal cloud or a premium one. Needless to say, there will be huge differences between the two choices, but it would still help you narrow down your choices. There are several options if you are looking for a low-profile, free cloud storage options for instance, Google Drive and Dropbox. The only drawback to these free clouds storage options is that they have limited storage space and every so often, that is not good enough.
At the end of the day, they are still third-party options. You will always have that fear of sharing data as it is with these options. So the better option would be to build your own cloud storage. How can you do that? Well, we have just the tools for you. Check out this list of Create Personal Cloud Storage Using 10 Tools. We are certain you will not be disappointed. Let us know what you think. As always, your comments are welcome.
10. Bittorent Sync
Bittorent Sync has loads of functions. You can even use it as a way to transfer large files. The best part is that you can achieve that anonymously. We bet though that you did not know you can use Bittorrent Sync to create a personal cloud. What you need to do in order to achieve that is actually quite simple. You need to configure a particular folder to behave as a drop-off point for you to drop your files off to. This way you will be able to sync every file you drop there to all your devices that run Bittorrent Sync.
If you are looking to share files between OS X and iOS, this particular platform will make it super easy for you. This particular platform is still in its beta phase though, in fact it only recently entered this stage, and to have made this list, you can imagine exactly how much potential this platform would hold. In our opinion, it is a solid platform for your cloud needs and is very easy to use too. They also offer a very simple file management application for mobile devices. They plan to release it for other operating systems in the future too, so you don’t really have a lot to worry about when it comes to compatability.
OwnCloud is an incredibly versatile tool. It is also free to use and is open sourced as well. This application will let you build something that is more powerful than Dropbox for you to dump your data off. There are various other features this particular application comes with and that includes to-do lists, calendars and even a document editing tool. The application is available for Android, Linux, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows.
This is another open source application that would serve well to your needs. This is a file syncing tool. You can use it as a cloud service or otherwise set up self-hosted servers. There are two kinds when it comes to self-hosted servers; open-source and business. The business one usually costs around $25 per year. The application itself is very rich in features and includes version control, multi-platform file syncing and online file editor etc. You can run this application on Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
This particular application is quite similar to that of OwnCloud. The aim of this application however is to provide you with a way to maintain your data using your own web apps. The developers encourage its users to develop it further which is all the more reason to use this particular platform. The application offers various different functionalities, so do check it out. It supports several platforms including Cubieboard2, Cubietruck, OpenVZ, Raspberry Pi, and Virtualbox.
This is an open sourced application that is targeted at corporate users. It offers collaboration tools by default in their offered package. They also have a free version of the same application available for personal use and it supports up to three different users. The service is quite fast too when it comes to syncing speeds. You have absolutely no limits on the data transferred. What you need is to install the AeroFS client and you are good to go. It supports Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
This particular application uses git to maintain your data. This also means that you will get complete history on your files as well as all the other goodies that come along with git. It is an excellent solution if you are looking to store documents that regularly go through a lot of changes. However, if you have really large files, this application may not do so well. It supports Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
This one is quite similar to SparkleShare. This platform is also used for file management but it does not include the checking of file content. This simply means that unlike the other, this platform is more suitable for larger files. This application is primarily command line. However, there still is an alternate, easy version of the application. It supports Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
Ubuntu is the world’s most popular operating system for OpenStack. There’s no faster or more reliable way to build an enterprise‐scale cloud, from provisioning to deployment and management. It has a long history of integration and testing with OpenStack too. This is perhaps the appropriate choice if you have a lot of data and large files.
Eucalyptus is open source software for building private clouds that are compatible with AWS APIs. Our cloud software pools together compute, network, and storage resources within your IT environment to create on-demand, self-service private cloud resources.