Personal Server Update v1.0

August 12, 2020

This is the first of many updates on my personal server hosting this and many other sites. The world of servers has interested me for a while but I never actually pulled the trigger on trying this out until COVID hit and I was confined to my home for several months. I was looking for an easy way to host applications myself, and Cloudron answered the call. Yes, I do pay an annual licensing fee to have more than 2 apps running, however the analytics, built in mail server, user management, and SSO make it worth it for a noob like me. Initially I was hosting everything on DigitalOcean, but that quickly got out of hand price-wise. I paid about 30 USD per month for 130GB or storage, 4GB of RAM, and 2 shared CPU cores. What really became an issue was the cost of more RAM and the 1USD per 10GB pricing for storage, especially when I wanted to host cloud storage and a media server.

Image of my server without a case, sitting out in the open on a desk.

My next step is what led me to my current setup. Now, I have the Cloudron server running on a small PC I purchased the parts for from MemoryExpress (awesome store by the way... 10/10) for approximately 450 CAD. This was for a quad-core i3 9100, 512 NVMe SSD, and 16GB of 3200MHz RAM (of course, including a MOBO, PSU, etc.). Now if you do the math, I was paying 30 USD, or 39.7431 CAD per month to rent a server from DigitalOcean. This server costs somewhere in the single digits per year for power use, so thats negligible. So in just over 11 months I would make back the cost of parts which is insane to me. I also pulled a 2TB drive from my desktop and used it as a mass storage drive and backup drive.

Next steps: I need to do a few things. First, I would like to get my hands on a 4TB drive to use as a proper backup drive. Right now, the drive hosting my cloud storage and media server is the same 2TB drive being used for backups. I hope I don't have to explain why this is a bad idea. Also, I would like to build a custom case for this server myself. This second point is what I will be documenting more often on here. It is going to be a process but hopefully worth it and definitely rewarding.