Today I wanted to share with you my experience setting up my own cloud server using Nextcloud, as an alternative to Google Drive and OneDrive. As someone who values privacy and control over my data, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own cloud storage solution.
Since I already own a home lab, I figured I should take advantage and deploy my own cloud service as well 😀
To get started, I deployed Nextcloud on a separate virtual machine that hosts Debian OS, through the Proxmox virtualizer. This allows me to keep my data isolated from other virtual machines and ensures better security. Proxmox is a powerful virtualization platform that allows you to easily create and manage virtual machines, and it’s free and open-source.
After installing Nextcloud, I configured it to suit my needs. I created a user account and set up the necessary directories for storing my files, photos, and documents. I also installed some additional apps and plugins that enhance the functionality of Nextcloud, such as Collabora Online for editing documents and OnlyOffice for managing spreadsheets.
Once my server was up and running, I downloaded the Nextcloud app on my phone and PC. The app provides a seamless way to backup everything all the time, without any manual intervention required. This means that I don’t have to worry about losing my data in case my phone or PC gets lost or stolen.
One of the great things about Nextcloud is that it offers end-to-end encryption, which ensures that my data is secure and can only be accessed by me. This is particularly important for sensitive data such as financial records or personal information.
Using my own cloud server has several advantages over relying on external services such as Google Drive or OneDrive. First and foremost, I am in control of my data and can ensure that it is kept safe and secure. I also don’t have to worry about any data breaches or hacks that might compromise my data.
Furthermore, I have unlimited storage space, so I don’t have to pay for extra storage plans or worry about running out of space. Plus, I can access my data from anywhere, as long as I have an internet connection.
Setting up my own cloud server using Nextcloud has been a great decision for me. It has allowed me to take control of my data and ensure that it is safe and secure. If you’re someone who values privacy and control over your data, I highly recommend giving Nextcloud a try. It’s easy to set up, free and offers unlimited storage space.