Personal Private Server Umbrel
Is cloud computing no longer meeting the needs of its users?
One downside of cloud computing, which sometimes goes overlooked, is your wealth of data is now owed by someone else, not by you. The consequences of this is, “trust”. You have to trust that the provided services and your data won’t be removed with no prior warning; you have to trust the provider won’t lose your data; you have to trust they will protect your privacy and not harvest your data in ways that are contrary to your interests. When you consider these as real possibilities, the next thought will turn to, How can I protect myself if any of these things happen?
Maybe it’s time to take back our data and take responsibility for our systems and backups? This is where the new private personal servers come into play. Offering you the ability to store your data and run the apps you use from your own cloud computer. There are two open-source projects I’m aware of trying to solve this problem, Umbrel and start9.
Umbrel is of particular interest because Decred is (potentially) just about to start offering its services on the Umbrel App Store, starting with DCRDEX 0.6.