Personal cloud

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A personal cloud is a networked storage service that allows the user to synchronize their data and access it from another networked device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Below is a list of the four major types of personal cloud.

Personal cloud type Description Examples
Online cloud, also known as a public cloud Data services are provided as shared resources on a server that is accessed over the Internet. Dropbox, Box, Funambol, basefolder, Google Drive
NAS device cloud Uses networked attached storage (NAS) device clouds only serve files, unlike other personal clouds that can provide other services as well. MyCloud, CloudBox, The Central
Server device cloud Similar to an online cloud, but the servers are locally operated. The services may be accessible over the Internet, but with the benefit of greater security, as the computers are locally controlled. CloudLocker and The Nimbus Project
Home-made cloud Operated and maintained by the user in his or her own home, typically by attaching a USB hard drive to a compatible Wi-Fi router. Manufacturers who create cloud-capable routers include Linksys, Asus, and Netgear

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