Welcome to my project which will give you the steps to build your own inexpensive cloud server. Originally this project was in regards to a cheap NAS server, however my usage has shifted to mostly the cloud functions so I will now focus this series on the cloud server functions. Some of the great parts of running your own private cloud are not only do I get nearly unlimited storage, as long as I add more drives, I also get complete control over how my data is stored. To make it even better you can replace dependence on third party services such as Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and many other web based cloud services and even programs. There are mobile apps to let you sync your private cloud services with your mobile devices as well.

Those are not the only features you can even run a web based email client sort of similar to Thunderbird or Outlook from your cloud. Then all your email addresses become easily accessible from any device anywhere. There is even an option to host your own web based KeePass password database so you can access your password database on any device with a web browser. Unlike services that charge you like LastPass you have complete control over it and never have to pay for it. To make it even better if you mix your cloud storage with PortableApps you will have your programs with you on any desktop computer!

So without further ado I welcome to my project series on building your own DIY Cloud Server. I hope you will find it interesting and inspire you to embark on making your own cloud server as well! I will share many tips and suggestions I have learned since starting the project that will save you both time and money! Now let us dive right in.

DIY Cloud Server - Table of Contents

Here is the table of contents for the DIY Cloud Server series that will be kept up to date with all the new parts that are added. Everything that is bold is online and ready to read.


Table of Contents

If you are new to the series you can use the simple navigation below to continue to the next step.

Introduction {This Page} | Goals {Next}