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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By : Piotr J Kula
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Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials

By: Piotr J Kula

Overview of this book

There’s no end to what you can do with a Raspberry Pi – it makes a huge range of tech projects possible. This book shows you how to transform it into a multipurpose web server, able to store and manage resources that lets you build some truly innovative and impressive computing creations. You’ll learn how to use your Raspberry Pi 2 to host a website using a range of different languages, host a game server, store files, and run everything from a media center to a cloud network. If you want to take control of your technological world, start building your own server and find out what’s possible with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Begin by getting your Pi set up – follow each step as the book shows you how to prepare a network and configure the additional features that you’ll need to build your projects. Once you’ve done this you’ll dig a little deeper and set up your pi as a file server, making sure it’s built for speed using a range of different tools, including Python, Node.js and ASP.NET. Following this the book shows you how to extend your server to allow you to host games, and stream live HD video before customizing it even further to create a fully-fledged media center. It doesn’t stop there however – the book then dives into the exciting world of the Internet of Things (IoT). You’ll learn how to install Windows IoT onto your Raspberry Pi, the operating system that’s driving embedded software projects all around the world. Once you’ve done this you’ll be ready to explore IoT further, as the book shows you how to use your device to host a cloud network that can form the basis of a wider IoT project.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Raspberry Pi 2 Server Essentials
About the Author
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Storing data on the Cloud

At some point of any project, you will, most certainly, want to store collected data somewhere. Usually, this is from collecting sensors, but it could also be debugging data.

The Cloud is a network of servers that can provision virtual machines for any use. Usually, you start from one server, but you always have the ability to increase the size or bundle several virtual machines to act as one endpoint. All this is usually handled by a nice frontend, such as Azure, Amazon AWS, or the Google Cloud platform.


Phant is a logging tool developed by Sparkfun Electronics and is ready to be used free of charge at; it stores data in JSON format. JSON is easy to read and compress, but most importantly, it's dynamic; dynamic meaning that you don't build relationships between each data packet, as in traditional SQL servers. This means that each data packet can contain any variety of structures that you save to Phant.

You can find yourself a very cheap...