[clug] DIY cloud services?

George at Clug Clug at goproject.info
Sat Feb 14 21:10:02 MST 2015


I am very impressed by your suggestion (and I acknowledge that others
have also made this suggestion).  I have used this type of solution
for small business remote backup solutions. 

Being a little paranoid, I would go as far as requesting and paying
for fixed IP addresses at both my home and configuring my firewalls so
that we only could access each other's SSH ports.  After having
checked server logs and watched people attempting to password crack
their way in.

Naturally I would recommend having the SSH backup server in a DMZ,
provided by the ADSL modem or via a separate firewall system that
provides DMZ services.

As for OwnCloud, I did try this out one time, it is not too difficult
to do as there are many easy to follow tutorials out there.  The SSH
solution is so much simpler if backup is the goal.


At Sunday, 15-02-2015 on 10:10 Alex Satrapa wrote:

On 15 Feb 2015, at 10:01, jhock at iinet.net.au wrote:
> I have thought that having an encrypted hard disk as a cloud, stored
at a good friends home, (and visa versa) would be a great way of
backing up our data without the multinationals having my data. But how
does one achieve this? I'll have to ask a few of my friends who are
still in the IT business.

The simple pre-cloud option would be a low-power server that simply
mounts the encrypted volume and gives you access via SSH. You and your
friend would need to provide suitable firewall traversal.

Then use a system such as Rsync snapshots for backups (and since
you’ll be SSH-ing into the server you don’t need to store
passwords anywhere on the remote system).

There’s no need to use something as complicated as OwnCloud if all
you want to do is back up your file system.

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