In part 1, we had a look at how to buy and setup a file server. Now you may be asking yourself a few questions about how to actually use that thing. The first question we’ll answer is “what should I put on there?”.
The central piece to a data-first methodology is, in my opinion, having a file server.
The reason for this is that you’re going to want to access your data anytime, anywhere: streaming your music to your work PC, your movies to your iPad, or accessing your documents from your phone. You need a secure and reliable to way to store and serve that data, and this is best done with a file server.
I like to think I’m being careful and responsible with my data, especially when I look at what most people do with theirs, so I thought I’d start a [new series of posts][df] on the subject.
“Data-first” is about choosing applications, services and devices based, first and foremost, on the data that you will get out of them, or the data they accept as input. It’s important because, at the end of the day, once you’ve quit your apps and turned off your devices, your data is the only thing that’s left, and the only thing from which you’ll start again tomorrow.