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Topic # 151653 1-Sep-2014 12:17
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Basically I want to connect my data storage to my brothers in Oz to my family in Europe, syncing media files and docs of any type from multiple devices (inc mobile).
I plan on getting a bunch of 3TB HDDs and stick them on a Linux distro but expect my family to do the same (though likely not on Linux). We all have fast uploads on our Internet connections. 

All the private Cloud solutions I came up with seemed to be just single locale, I want globe spanning redundancy and performance, which is why the Peer to Peer nature of Bittorrent Sync stood out. 

Anyone use it? 

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  Reply # 1119566 1-Sep-2014 13:16
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Haven't tried it out yet, probably some cheap NASes out there with built in functionality for it now?

Otherwise have you looked into Transporter or Transporter Sync? Something I've been tempted by for a while for family file sharing

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  Reply # 1119570 1-Sep-2014 13:19
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I've used BitTorrent Sync.  I had issues with it with some files not syncing.  I wrote to the devs and they quickly said "Yup, known bug, will be fixed in next version" and it was.  So I was impressed with their response.

The only unknown with BTSync is that it's closed source.

Apart from that, it's fantastic and works well, even a headless Linux box.


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  Reply # 1119572 1-Sep-2014 13:20
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whats the use case?  backup, or shared document stores?

crashplan does peer-to-peer backups in addition to cloud, for example.

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  Reply # 1119584 1-Sep-2014 13:32
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I have just started using a program called 'Syncthing' which is an open-source alternative to BTSync on my NAS.
More info can be found here

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  Reply # 1119611 1-Sep-2014 14:15
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Regs: whats the use case?  backup, or shared document stores?
crashplan does peer-to-peer backups in addition to cloud, for example.

Backup of specific things (photos from phones Im thinking mainly) and Shared media and Docs, with permissioning or open sharing. Want to have the ability to further share video files via DLNA too. 
Crashplan kinda looks like it would work but its very "corporate" and fluffy.

SyncThing doesnt support sharing of content, ruling it out.  

BTSync certainly seems to tick all the boxes (if accepting its closed source):

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  Reply # 1119613 1-Sep-2014 14:18
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I have a WDMyCloud and use GoodSync as well. Works fine.


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  Reply # 1119665 1-Sep-2014 15:27
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Could you look at a solution like OwnCloud? Its compatible with a number of protocols, free, can be extended to multiple severs (not sure about syncing between servers but I've heard its been done) and has an active development base. It has standard apps available for mobile and desktop as well as web app addons.

OwnCloud is a free cloud solution whose backend runs on Linux and Windows (best support for Linux). I run it on 2 servers and the family use it for backups, online editing of documents, access to email, shared calendars and shared contacts (synced to phones). Works a treat but takes a bit of effort to get it working just right. It supports LDAP and WebDav. I've not heard about anyone using a Bittorrent sync with it. Very close to being able to completely drop Google products thanks to OC.

There is also an Enterprise version with support and some extra features.

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  Reply # 1119672 1-Sep-2014 15:34
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as your looking for something which isnt reliant on a single connection, ild look at the likes of BTSync.

the syncthing mentioned above looks pretty good too - i cant suggest this as i have not yet tried it though... looking at it now, ill likely give it a run up against btsync at some point. 

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  Reply # 1131197 18-Sep-2014 09:20
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Are you willing to run a linux server at each location ? if so there are many solutions. Andrew File System jumps to the top of my mind.

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  Reply # 1131301 18-Sep-2014 11:09
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I run linux myself but none of the other participants do.  Dont think AFS would fly. The idea is a cloud type service using (as close to) normal user friendly conventions, accessible from mobile phones etc.

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  Reply # 1131305 18-Sep-2014 11:25
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Have a look at sparkle share. It uses SSH and Git, so with the right config tweaking you would be able to make it replicate globally. It has Mac/Windows/Linux clients.

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