Over the past month or so I have been posting articles on Cloud Servers and how useful they are for just about anyone. Most people think of these servers as a great resource for developers, especially when it comes to topics like Ruby on Rails or learning how to do Load Balancing. However cost-effective servers are a great resource for just about anyone. They are great for creating your own personal file cloud or creating a personal VPN to watch Netflix and Hulu from outside the US.
It seems every tutorial I find on the net has something wrong with it. Its either out of date, or for the wrong operating system. Many of the tutorials show you how to install Ruby on Windows or Mac, but no real instructions on how to install it in a production environment. This strikes me as odd, I mean, whats the point of only having a development environment if you can’t eventually move it into production?
I found one tutorial that was on the right track, but sadly it was outdated, so here is an up-to-date version as of today, April 11, 2015.
As most of you know about 4 months ago I switched jobs. I went from being a Computer Centre Manager at a private library to being a L1 Support Agent/L2 Sysadmin for a server hosting company. The learning curve has been immense. I went from working with 3 servers to over 1000 servers.
A few weeks ago I posted about how to make your own personal file cloud, using DigitalOcean and OwnCloud. I have since updates it with a new host called Vultr which for the purposes of having a cloud is a bit better. For the same $5 instead of 20GB of SSD storage, you can get 160GB of SATA storage. SATA of course is slower in speed, but you don’t need it for a cloud. The other difference is with DigitalOcean, they install it with Ubuntu 14.4 where Vultr uses CentOS 6.6.
A short while ago I posted on Facebook about finding a personal cloud solution that gave me piece of mind. Last year we saw Apple’s iCloud get compromised, showing us that using these kind of services to store our data might not be the best option. How long till services like Google Drive and DropBox get compromised? Both of which I have no quarrel with and have used for a very long time without issue… But at the same time I am putting the projection of my documents in someone else hands.