Nextcloud is a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services, which is most powerfully paired with FreeNAS when you are able to configure it to access your stored data on your server (e.g. beyond just a jail running Nextcloud). These mount points you are likely to share via samba (Windows file sharing)over your local and are likely to backup through whatever means works best for you. As mentioned in the previous article, FreeNAS: Nextcloud Install with SSL Access, the Nextcloud application provides functionally which is similar to Dropbox, however unlike Dropbox, Nextcloud does not offer off-premises file storage hosting. As I have previously noted, it is critical that you have an off-premise copy of all sensitive data (which is encrypted). Unlike Dropbox however, Nextcloud is free and open-source, which means that anyone is allowed to install and operate it on their own private server devices. In contrast to proprietary services like Dropbox, the open architecture allows adding functionality to the server in the form of applications and enables users to have full control of their data and keeps data secure and free from the prying eyes of big companies like Google and Dropbox.
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