The Cloud Hosted at Home

The Cloud Hosted at Home

Joel Pirela
May 3, 2011

These days you can almost go everywhere and get an internet connection, whether it be wireless or 3G connection. Some are migrating their data over to the cloud so they can forget about worrying about their files and info being "here" or "there"...it's everywhere. A new computer and few minutes of sync...

Pogoplug
This is a small server that stays at home while you stream all it's content via an app you install on your iPhone, so you can be watching movies and listening to your favorites tunes in no time. You can leave your external hard drives at home. We love that in just 60 seconds, the Pogoplug connects your external hard drives to the Internet so you have full access to your content at home. Be it videos, photos, presentation files or your music library, you can broadcast and share your digital life with ease from wherever you are.

The Drobo Cloud Server
This personal server from Data Robotics, stores lots of files externally. The small black cube is loaded with up to five HDDs, and they all work in tandem to keep your files safe. Data Robotic's new Drobo FS does the same thing through the Internet cloud. The DroboFS features the same five-drive setup, but the device's only input is an Ethernet port, like a server, so you don't hook this up to your laptop. Your files can be viewed from PC, Mac, or Linux machines through remote access. An application called Oxygen Cloud provides easy and secure access, and using the DroboFS with other cloud storage companies is also possible. The DroboFS is now available for $700 with no HDDs included, or at varying higher prices with the drives.

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