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Jump on Free Cloud Storage (with Caution!) By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Over the years, cloud storage has become a convenient space to share photos, documents, and anything else you can think of

Imagine the scenes from any of the last few Black Fridays with people lined up for days to grab the new flat screen TV or a new iPhone. The moment the gates open up there is usually a crowd of people swarming like bees, trying to get their hands on what they can, and yes there were also many reported cases of snatching, grabbing and what not. If only the world of cloud storage could be so dramatic!

Well, cloud storage is a much quieter place, but don't get me wrong, there is definitely action going on. Just this week both Microsoft and Google announced a FREE give away of over 100GB of combined Cloud storage space. Provided you clicked at the right places and jumped over a few hoops, yes the storage is all yours. All 102 GB, in fact.

Over the years, cloud storage has become a convenient space to share photos, documents, and anything else you can think of. We have, in fact, been frequently outgrowing the online storage space we have used and constantly use more and more space. Reason being that the photos we take now are larger in size, the videos we shoot with our smartphones are HD, taking more space, and essentially our need to have access to larger and larger storage spaces seems to have dramatically expended.

Here is where we are heading to:

  • Cloud storage will become something that is naturally assumed to be there, just like Wi-Fi or for that matter the Internet.
  • Vendors will continue to give away free space while selling the larger storage options. The larger spaces of yesterday becoming the normal FREE storage
  • With storage becoming cheaper by the day, consumers and enterprise users will benefit from the availability of a larger amount of space at lower costs.

For the enterprise it becomes a key aspect to evaluate if consumer-level cloud storage options are the best way to go. Since cloud storage platforms are mostly distributed and connected over multiple geographic regions, this is actually great when it comes to overall availability and speed, but not very useful when we talk about data privacy and cross border information exchange. There are much higher risks at stake for the business user.

Here are some recommendations to be safe at the enterprise level:

  1. Make sure your users know about the business and IT policies
  2. Use a solution that is made for the enterprise and not for consumers
  3. Check your vendor documents and fine print to see if there are any loopholes.
  4. Do a regular security check of your business
  5. Address your business user needs for coud storage instead of only creating policies.

By all means enjoy every MB of that free storage, but be careful about how you use it for business. Make the cloud a safe place for your enterprise by making informed decisions.

More Stories By Ian Khan

Ian Khan leads Innovation & Marketing initiatives at Solgenia, a global Cloud services provider with more than 3500 enterprise customers globally that includes Top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. An advocate of Cloud computing and a thought leader driving change within the industry, Ian is a catalyst for collaboration and Cloud solutions.

He has written for multiple industry publications, presented at various industry events worldwide, and brings more than 15 years of in depth technology experience across various industries.

Ian is a PMP Certified Project Manager, MCSE, and an Instrumentation Technology engineer.

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