Tonight, I moved all my files from my ownCloud account to my Dropbox account. I’ve been running my ownCloud instance for a number of years and I’ve been pretty happy with it. However, last night I had a few issues with my Ubuntu server and it made me rethink my cloud storage strategy. Basically, a 2TB external backup drive failed and caused the machine to think twice about booting in an orderly manner.
Luckily, I was around to fix the issue (I unplugged the faulty drive and removed its fstab entry), but if I had been at work or away, it would have been an issue. Admittedly, I’d have worked around any problems I might have faced by not having my server online, but the failure made me question whether or not I need to operate and maintain my own cloud storage solution.
And the answer, somewhat obviously, is no, no I don’t.
Whilst installing and maintaining an ownCloud instance is not difficult, it’s still more difficult than simply being a Dropbox user. So, the only real question is, do I trust Dropbox with my shit?
The answer to that is yes.
I figure Dropbox’s primary business model relies on their ability to keep their user’s data safe and secure, and quite frankly, their engineers are probably a lot better at this stuff than I am.
So, my ownCloud server is no more, I’m now using Dropbox and my life has become a tiny bit simpler.