A managed cloud personal server is a VPS system in a data-center. If you're looking for a hardware solution rather than a cloud-based solution read about our Managed Hardware Personal Server.
Benefits of cloud-based VPS solutions include increased reliability and fault-tolerance; easier setup and configuration; higher physical security; and better anonymity. If you'd like to get one you can sign-up now or continue reading to find out more.
The reason cloud-based VPS solutions are more reliable is that they use fault-tolerant hardware such as RAID volumes and have state-of-the-art system monitoring facilities which can predict system failures before they occur.
Cloud-based solutions are easier to setup and configure than hardware based solutions. This is because with a cloud solution you don't need to configure your broadband router; fiddle with DNS or DynamicDNS; or juggle media such as DVDs to install your operating system.
Let's face it, it's much easier for criminals to break into your house and steal your hardware server than it would be for them to get into a data-center. If you host your personal server in the cloud you have less to fear about losing your data to burglary, fire, flood or other disaster.
Cloud-based VPS solutions provide better anonymity because they aren't on your home network. When you run your own hardware from your own premises you need to publish your home network IP address. This is the same address that you use when you use the Internet from your premises, so if you connect to other systems (e.g. websites) then they can connect back to you and figure out who you are based on your public web content. If you're serious about having an anonymous web presence you're well advised to host your personal server in a data-center (and use a free/anonymous personalserver.com domain).
One potential drawback of cloud-based solutions is storage capacity. If you run a hardware server it's easy to add terrabytes of storage by adding additional high-capacity hard-drives, but with cloud servers you don't get as much data. That's probably not a big problem for most people who are using email and web facilities, but if you use lots of big media (such as audio, graphics and videos) you might be better served with a hardware solution.
On face value it might seem that cloud-based solutions are more expensive than hardware based solutions, but on closer inspection perhaps not by much. Let's say a cloud-based solution is costing you $500/yr whereas you could buy your own physical server for $500 and you'd probably get at least 3 years out of it before it broke-down and died (hard-drives are notoriously unreliable). So you've saved yourself a thousand bucks! But there are additional costs with running a hardware server. You need to pay for electricity to power it. It increases room temperature so you need to pay for electricity to cool it. And all the bandwidth that it uses goes on your bill for your home Internet connection. And you might like to factor in something for the time you need to spend maintaining it. It's still probably more expensive to get a cloud solution, but you're paying for higher security, higher reliability and increased ease of use.
If you've heard enough and are ready to order your Managed Cloud Personal Server you can sign-up now. If you're still not ready to buy you might like to read this article about how personal servers promote and protect your privacy on the Internet: Personal Server Privacy.
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