[SATLUG] Re: Using Virtual Servers and Big Cloud Storage

Frank Huddleston fhuddles at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 14:11:08 CST 2015

Re: Using Virtual Servers and Big Cloud Storage

Thanks for the replies. I see that Office 365 offers 1TB of cloud storage.
For one year, I assume. That's not bad: but could I access that storage
from my virtual server elsewhere in the cloud? Could I, for example, access
a music file on that cloud drive via mpc or even mopidy on the virtual
Linux server? I think I'd be in the same situation as I would be with any
of the other cloud storage options.
  As for OwnCloud, yes: I downloaded and installed it but have not used it.
Same with Plex. But in any case, I think that OwnCloud and/or Plex would
have the same problems: if I install OpenCloud on the virtual server, it
would expect the served files to be on that same server, right? Not some of
them on DropBox, some in Mega, and some in Office 365's cloud.
  I see this same kind of thing with music-playing software like
Clementine, Android Play Music, etc. They all assume that the music files
are somewhere on the device that the app is running on, not scattered in
various places around the Internet. I believe that mopidy tries to address
this some, but: it's another thing I've installed but not yet configured.
In any case, I think every "service" will have its own way of accessing it:
if you buy music from Amazon, they've got their player, if you buy it from
Google, they've got theirs, if you have it on your hard disk, you can play
it with vlc or whatever. But each uses a distinct way to serve those files.
  Think: no home computer, no home storage: all in the cloud, in different
places in the cloud. 5 GB in DropBox, 5 GB in Google Drive, 50 GB in Mega,
5 GB in Amazon Cloud storage, and then maybe 200 GB rented along with the
virtual server. Is it feasible to tie all that together?

Frank H.

On Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 12:29 PM, Frank Huddleston <fhuddles at gmail.com>

> Greetings,
>   I'm intending on doing some traveling and would like to have my "stuff"
> available while I'm away from my home. I don't just mean having files
> available in the way that Google Drive or Dropbox do: I mean the whole
> environment: a server that I can talk to, back up stuff to, run
> applications and web pages from, etc. One option I'm considering is home
> hosting, but not in my home: in, for example, my son-in-law's home. But I
> don't want to expose his home LAN to threats from the wider Internet, and
> am not sure how to best prevent that. I'm not particularly network-savvy.
> That, however, is a topic for another post.
>   Today I'd like to ask if anyone here has set up a virtual cloud server
> with storage: the kind of service that Rackspace sells, I think. I'm
> looking at the services offered in "Low-End Box": http://lowendbox.com/.
> Now: one can get storage with these, as well. Of course it costs. I'm
> thinking a minimum of 500 GB for stuff like videos, music, photos, and
> other documents I would like to have accessible.
> So that's an option, certainly. Has anyone done that? What can you tell me
> about that?
>   It also seems as though it just might be possible to cobble together
> disparate free services: 5 GB free storage here and there, and a whopping
> 50 GB free with Mega (mega.co.nz).  But the interfaces with those all
> seem to be distinct and proprietary: If I get a virtual server with 500MB
> of
> space for $7/month, I can't access my Mega or Dropbox or Google Drive
> storage from that server, can I? In fact, even if I bought my 500 GB of
> space from, say, Google Drive, I could not do an rsync backup, or some kind
> of remote access (I don't think nfs would be an option) from the virtual
> server, could I? Or do some have command-line software that would
> facilitate this?
>   So that's really what I'm asking here: using a virtual server with
> various disparate storage accounts doesn't seem feasible but maybe some of
> you have done this and know about it. What can you tell me?
> Thanks,
> Frank Huddleston

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