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by Patrick KennedyJune 8, 2009

As multiple personal computing devices become more prevalent in people’s homes, the need for home servers likewise increases. Today’s home users capture multitudes of digital files such as pictures, videos, music files, as well as traditional office format files. Simply put, home users now have the power to collect multitudes of data, and have a need to share this data throughout the home, as well as outside the home when they are connected via mobile devices.

Further complicating this mixture is that platforms are becoming more varied. For a decade as personal computer and internet usage exploded in the decade spanning 1995 to 2004, Windows based PC’s were the primary tools home users utilized to access information. As OSX gained in popularity, mobile devices such as BlackBerry’s and iPhones found their way into consumers’ pockets, and the netbook segment exploded, the viewing tool variety and overall mobility of home users similarly expanded. Showing a picture on a phone or netbook in a coffee shop is great, however it is even better to have access to an entire private library of photos from wherever you are.

All of these new tools, although more stable than their predecessors, are not immune to mechanical failures, loss, theft or other events that cause data loss. Today’s computers hold memories in the form of vast picture libraries and videos that in the past were relegated to albums, boxes, shelves, and closets. Vast knowledge and work product is stored in the form of office documents. Contacts and e-mails are oftentimes locally archived. Music and video libraries now represent investments that continue to displace optical disc libraries at very fast rates representing nothing short of a large financial loss if disaster strikes.

For these reasons home servers continue to gain popularity. Like the personal computer that preceded them, the movement to home servers is simply a logical progression of business grade technology becoming more accessible and usable by the average person.

About The Author
Patrick Kennedy
Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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