In our Pi tutorial, we showed you how to set up your own cloud server from scratch all by yourself. However, if you prefer to rely on an off-the-shelf solution, the following devices may be right for you (updated August 2023).
What makes this solution special
Compared to the Pi guide, cloud servers are often a little more expensive, but you don't have to worry about setting them up yourself. In most cases, you can use a graphical interface to set everything up without having to type commands into a console.
The network attached storage (NAS) drives we are looking at often come with synchronisation features. You can usually access the system from outside your network. This means that your data is available from anywhere, just like any other cloud.
Here are the benefits of owning your own cloud hardware, whether it is a simple NAS or a server:
- suitable for beginners thanks to the graphical interface
- one-off costs (instead of monthly costs by online cloud providers)
- coordinated hardware-software combinations with good performance results
- the provider is responsible for ensuring that the server works, as part of the legal warranty
There is a lot to choose from when it comes to NAS systems. So which one is right for you? To help you choose a cloud server, here are a few systems, including description, price, pros and cons.
Our tip: The two Synology devices presented below will usually serve you well in both price ranges (around €300 and over €1000). However, if you already have a Fritz!Box, you can still use it (see end of article).