One of the benefits of a remote Mac mini is that it’s always on. This means your server can work for you while your iPhone or laptop is put away. A lot of people will use this always-on benefit to improve their file sharing for home or business.
Dropbox is a great way to make this happen. It’s powerful, is available on all sorts of platforms, and is widely known. However, if preference or policy requires that your data stays on your hardware, you do have another option.
Resilio Sync is a power application that lets you run your own file syncing server. It has many of the powerful features found in Dropbox, but it runs on your own hardware. It’s based on the powerful BitTorrent technology so it’s very fast and very secure.
Why put it on a server of your own?
There are a few reasons you might consider putting your main stash of files on a remote server:
First, If you were to lose your home computer and phone because of fire, theft or natural disaster, you’d still have all of your files safely in a data center in a remote location.
Second, with the Resilio Pro upgrade, you can use Selective Sync. This means your Mac mini server could have a copy of all of your files while your laptop or mobile device just keeps a copy of needed documents. This would save you space on hardware where it is more limited. With a Mac mini server, you’re only limited by the amount of space on the hardware.
Last, if you’re on the road and need a copy of your files, Sync will determine the fastest way to get those delivered to you. If that resource is your home Mac, it might take some time to delivery a large file. However, if you’re downloading from a Mac mini server in one of our data centers, you’ll have access to gigabit speeds and quick paths to wherever you are in the world.
For an added tip, check out Hazel on the Mac. It’s a powerful tool that will watch for triggers (i.e., new files or files with a certain name) and Hazel will move, start, copy, or anything else you’d need them to do. Many customers use it already.