Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2014 16:56 UTC
Internet & Networking

Microsoft has lost customers, including the government of Brazil.

IBM is spending more than a billion dollars to build data centers overseas to reassure foreign customers that their information is safe from prying eyes in the United States government.

And tech companies abroad, from Europe to South America, say they are gaining customers that are shunning United States providers, suspicious because of the revelations by Edward J. Snowden that tied these providers to the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance program.

Right. Because, as we all know, European governments did not fully comply with the US spying programs, nor have they similar programs of their own.

High time some smart company develops a very simple and straightforward 'personal cloud'; a simple, large box with loads of storage that you dump in the basement somewhere, with pre-configured email, internet storage, and so on. Also offer the ability to have multiple of these things tied to the same account for data duplication, so you can, say, dump one of them at a trusted friend's home. Make it platform-agnostic and encrypted, et voila.

Doesn't sound like something that's terribly hard to do.

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It's not so complicated
by novad on Fri 21st Mar 2014 18:02 UTC
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Once again... Sorry for my english but...

I can only say that this is a blessing to my ears:

High time some smart company develops a very simple and straightforward 'personal cloud'; a simple, large box with loads of storage that you dump in the basement somewhere, with pre-configured email, internet storage, and so on. Also offer the ability to have multiple of these things tied to the same account for data duplication, so you can, say, dump one of them at a trusted friend's home.

This is EXACTLY what I try to do and try do convince my friends to do. When you really look at it it's not so complicated (Even if I agree it's not out of the box)

What do people really need? :

- Mail
- CMS (data not web)
- Website (Far stretched for simple endusers but let's go for it)
- Replication for safety

How can you do that quite easily today? :

1) Virtualisation (Hyper-V 2012R2 free would be a good choice for its replication abilities)
2) Zimbra for mails. It's (resonably) easy to install and rock solid. It can run on Ubuntu LTS.
3) As CMS (Data) you could use plone or maybe Silverpeas (a bit complicated to install but quite nice once it's up and running). It can also run on Ubuntu LTS.
4) For websites there is an infinite choice. Let's just mention Joomla. Once again it can run on Ubuntu LTS

With two boxes installed in the exact same way you can configure replication over slow lines with Hyper-V

Costs:

- Hardware (Can perfectly run on a machine with 8 cores and let's say 12GB of RAM)
- Time: One day to set everything up when you know a bit those tools.

Everything is based on FREE operating systems and software with at least 5 years of support for each OS

I can only encourage everyone with some IT knowledge to do the same.

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