Review: Take Control of Your Own Personal Cloud

In the era of Snowden, Russian hackers, and celebrities' private photos being exposed, maybe relying on cloud storage isn't such a good idea. Your files are only as secure as your password, and even then hackers seem to always find a way in. That's where the 4 TB Apollo Personal Cloud Storage ($299) from Promise Technology comes in.

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Think of the Apollo as your own personal "iCloud," but with some important advantages. You get 4 TB of storage, which is more than Apple's newest, largest 2 TB plan. The files can be accessed by Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, using the free app or web-based access. It plus into your router using a 1GB Ethernet port, so speed shouldn't be a problem. You can set files to be public, or up to ten users can have a private cloud as well. There's also a USB port, so you can back up the Apollo's drive to an external USB drive.

Apollo

I like that there are no ongoing monthly fees, unlike iCloud or paid plans from Dropbox. Instead, you do have to shell out about $300, which seems expensive but only when compared to less-functional alternatives like non-cloud, non-networked USB drives. Mac users like myself will appreciate that it is Time Machine compatible, so it's a great solution for doing automatic backups of multiple Macs in your household.

Pros

  • Your data stays in your home
  • 4 TB to use as you wish
  • Share between iOS, laptop, and desktop devices
  • No ongoing monthly fees
  • Time Machine compatible

Cons

  • Expensive compared to less functional alternatives

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a cloud storage solution, but have concerns about privacy and ongoing costs, check out the Apollo Personal Cloud. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.