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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RE[2]: It's not so complicated
by novad on Sat 22nd Mar 2014 05:07 UTC in reply to "RE: It's not so complicated"
novad
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Hello Alfman


How did you come up with these requirements? Unless your doing unusual processing on the server, they're usually IO limited rather than CPU limited, so this 8 core beast would mostly sit idle all the time. For a personal storage system, even a low power ARM processor used in typical NAS arrays should be able to to completely saturate a WiFi link, and come close to saturating a gigabit link for example.


I agree with you concerning the CPUs. They would mostly sit there doing nothing. It's more for the comfort of use for the few cases where you need performance that I recommend 8 cores. This also gives you some margin if you want to install additional systems in your hypervisor. (I'm not a great fan of CPU over over commitment)

For the memory I think this is quite accurate. Zimbra (in my example) consumes quiet a lot of memory as does JBOSS (Still in my config). You can certainly reduce that with other products but once again. It's nice if you want to extend the use of your hypervisor (BTW... Memory is so cheap actually that I don't see a reason to spare on this)

It can be fun and educational, but it can be time consuming.


It can be time consuming if you start from scratch with tools you don't know (That's sure ;) ) but once you have chosen and understood the tools that fit your needs it's quite fast and, in the long term, can saves you a lot of time in your daily tasks (It does it for me)

In the end everyone chose what fits him the best:

- Handmade config: Most flexibility (and probably most security) but a lot of work
- Out of the box solution (QNAP / Synology / ...): Quick and eays to set up if you want to keep data at home but less flexible than handmade.
- Cloud provider: Zero security but nothing to do except paying. That's the most easy solution for non sensible data

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