GnuBee Personal Cloud 2

“Para ello, permite reducir sustancialmente el precio de un NAS comercial convencional, lo cual es muy interesante para el desarrollo de soluciones a medida y para el ámbito del I+D.”

GnuBee Personal Cloud 2

The GnuBee Personal Cloud 2 (GB-PC2) is a network-attached storage (NAS) device specifically engineered to run free, libre, open source software (FLOSS). The GB-PC2 has all the functionality of any commercial, proprietary NAS, but at a much lower cost and with the transparency, reliability, and accessibility advantages that come with using FLOSS.

Personal Cloud 1 vs 2

The GB-PC2 is the big sibling of the GB-PC1 in the sense that it accommodates 3.5” drives instead of 2.5” drives. The GB-PC2 design is based on the GB-PC1 design, but is modified to handle both the larger size and greater power requirements of the 3.5” drives. The chipset and capabilities are otherwise the same.

Features & Specifications

  • Processor:
    • MediaTek MT7621A
    • dual-core, multi-thread (Linux kernel sees four cores)
    • 880 MHz, overclockable to 1.2 GHz)
  • Memory:
    • 512 MB DDR3 RAM (maximum amount for the MediaTek chip)
    • soldered to mainboard
  • Storage:
    • SD card slot (tested up to 64 GB cards so far)
    • 6 x 3.5” drives (HDD, SSD, or mix and match; drives not included)
    • recommended RAID levels are 0 and 1 under LVM and MD, and Linux MD RAID 10
  • Connectivity:
    • 3 x Gigabit Ethernet (2 ports can support Ethernet bonding)
    • 1 x USB 3.0 port
    • 2 x USB 2.0 port
    • serial port (3-pin J1 connector or 3.5 mm audio-type jack)
    • 2 x mainboard fan
  • Power:
    • 12 VDC @ 8 A maximum
    • 5.5 mm x 2.1 mm, center-positive barrel jack
  • Dimensions:
    • weight: ~454 g (1 lb) without drives
  • Enclosure:
    • 2 x anodized aluminum side plates
    • 6 x threaded brackets and screws
    • 24 x drive screws (four per drive)
  • Software:
  • Sources & Documentation:

Why a NAS?

Whether you’re a developer or a digital artist, chances are you have a lot of essential data, from music tracks to application code. So you probably already know that data loss is a fact of modern life, and backing up your data is the surest way to prevent it. You could use an online service for backups, but doing so exposes you and your data to a wide range of privacy, security, legal, and financial risks beyond your control. For example:

  • What are the data limits and how much does more storage cost?
  • Who really owns the data? Does the online provider gain some license to use your data?
  • What kind of security is protecting your data? How can you audit that security?
  • What kind of changes will the online provider make to their terms of use?
  • What people (e.g., employees of the online provider) or organizations (e.g., governments) could also gain access to your data?

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About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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