Cloud Storage: A Guide To Raspberry Pi Owncloud

By Amy Fox

The world of technology is never devoid of changes, with new concepts coming up every now and then. Not long ago, only a few people imagined that one could save data without necessarily having to invest in storage equipment. This concept was brought into reality by cloud computing. Many tech firms have built huge data centers to support this initiative, and computer manufacturers are taking charge. If you plan to hone your skills in this sphere, you might want to learn a little bit about the Raspberry Pi Owncloud.

Raspberry Pi has brought a whole new angle to the set up and use of cloud computing by ordinary users, which needless to say is unlike what one would experience when using popular services such as Drop Box. It essentially gives you the mind boggling opportunity to set up cloud computing in a step by step process. No feeling beats that of being control.

It may be fairly easy and convenient to sign up for a pre configured service. However, doing the set up process personally gives you an edge over other professionals in the tech sector. You get to learn how cloud systems work in depth and create your own service from scratch, from the hardware to the software.

Setting up your service from scratch is quite a process. The good thing, however, is that you stand to gain skills that will leave your peers seething with envy. To start off, you will need some hardware.

You will need a wireless network card, a Raspberry Pi integrated circuit board, a plastic enclosure to protect the circuit board from outside elements and a USB thumb drive. Most computer shops stock these items. If you are not up for this, you can always browse the web for favorable deals and place your order through the click of a button.

Setting up the hardware comes next. With the hardware ready, configure the network. Having a working network interface is crucial for the initiation of software downloads.

By default, there is no predefined IP address for the computer. You will need to input the address manually. This calls for good Linux scripting knowledge. After the network address is set, ensure you save all the changes.

With the network up and running, you ought to update the operating system to the latest version. Being a process that requires internet connectivity, it may take a while to complete. In the process, activate all updates in the computer. This can be done in one step using the update command on the command line interface. Next, ensure all downloaded updates are configured for better performance.

With the updates done and dusted, next comes the main software download. This is the software that will turn the computer into a cloud storage device. The software is available for download free of charge from the Owncloud website. Once through downloading it, ensure you activate it by running the required commands in a terminal. Lastly, specify the drive to use for storage and the installation will be complete.

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