Run Your Own Private Ubuntu Cloud with the Nextcloud Box

No disrespect to cloud service providers like Dropbox, Google, and iCLoud -but wouldn’t it be awesome to host data in your own cloud? Well, you have a chance to try it out for yourself and find out thanks to the new Ubuntu Snappy powered device, Nextcloud Box, that provides you with almost all the requirements you need to run your own self-hosted cloud. This will, in turn, put you in control of who and/or what has access to your data and how.

There are already official Nextcloud clients for Android, iOS and all three desktop OS platforms, which makes sharing data and files (among other data types e.g., calendars, contacts, etc.) to and from other devices via a secure, encrypted connection.


“Simple and Cost Effective”

About the application, Nextcloud, themselves, had this to say: “Nextcloud Box makes hosting a personal cloud simple and cost effective whilst maintaining a secure private environment that can be expanded with additional features via apps”.

The CEO at Canonical, Jane Silber, said “We have always believed that collaboration brings out the best in communities and companies alike”. She added: “Together with WDLabs and Nextcloud we are able to bring the first Ubuntu Core-enabled device, as an app-enabled IoT gateway, to the market and to people’s homes”.


Price & Shipping

The Nextcloud Box is made up of a 1TB Western Digital PiDrive housed in a case with all the necessary cables and power leads, a microSD card that has Snappy Ubuntu Core as its OS and Apache, MySQL and the latest Nextcloud 10 software pre-installed and ready to go.

The final tool you will need is a single-board computer like the Raspberry Pi 2.

The Nextcloud Box goes for €70/£60/$79 and has been estimated to begin shipping on the 7th of October 7, 2016.

To learn more about the Nextcloud box head over to the official website.

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Martins Okoi
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