personal cloud [English]

Syndetic Relationships

InterPARES Definition

n. ~ 1. Cloud services used for personal, individual tasks, as opposed to large-scale, corporate, government, or scientific applications. – 2. Network attached storage accessible via the internet, but managed by an individual rather than by a service provider.

General Notes

Personal cloud2 may be less a distinct technology and more a marketing term capitalizing on the cloud's connotations as something new and different.


  • EU 22 2016 (†752 ): Analysis showed that the topic of usage of “clouds” for solving personally-oriented tasks is almost absent in Russian research literature. Those few works that are devoted to personal cloud services consider them to be a tool for solving applied tasks, for example, in scientific or research activity, or as available for an ordinary user, non-specialized environment for mid-term digital data preservation. . . . ¶ Taking into account the information gathered by our literature review and our understanding of the research theme we worked out the following tentative definition: the personal cloud is a place for data storage that can be used for solving of personal tasks. (†1882)
  • Seagate 2017 (†881 ): A more private type of cloud is a network-attached storage (NAS) device-based cloud - the Seagate® Personal Cloud Home Media Storage device is a great example. A NAS device acts as a central secure location where you can backup or store and access your files. You can connect with a variety of devices such as media players, gaming consoles and smart TVs. Unlike desktops and laptops, a NAS device offers a simple OS that focuses on doing a small subset of tasks as efficiently and securely as possible. The streamlined OS makes a NAS easy to set up, and the device’s flexibility allows for a wide variety of activities - you can even share a printer through a NAS. (†2663)
  • Wikipedia (†387 s.v. "personal cloud"): A collection of digital content and services which are accessible from any device. The personal cloud is not a tangible entity. It is a place which gives users the ability to store, synchronize, stream and share content on a relative core, moving from one platform, screen and location to another. Created on connected services and applications, it reflects and sets consumers’ expectations for how next-generation computing services will work. ¶ The four primary types of personal cloud in use today are: Online cloud, NAS device cloud, server device cloud, and home-made clouds. (†2664)
  • Wikipedia (†387 ): A network-attached storage (NAS) device is a computer connected to a network that provides only file-based data storage services to other devices on the network. Although it may technically be possible to run other software on a NAS device, it is not designed to be a general purpose server. Cloud NAS is remote storage that is accessed over the Internet as if it were local. ¶ A cloud NAS is often used for backups and archiving. One of the benefits of NAS Cloud is that data in the cloud can be accessed at any time from anywhere. The main drawback, however, is that the speed of the transfer rate is only as fast as the network connection the data is accessed over and can therefore be fairly slow. Three examples of NAS personal clouds are the My Cloud by Western Digital, the CloudBox by Lacie, and the Central by Seagate. (†2665)