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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.

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CNN Futurist, Forbes Contributor, Author, 3 Time TEDx Speaker and Technology Futurist, over the last 20 years Ian Khan has had the privilege to serve the needs of over 5000 organizations by fueling their growth through technology solutions. He has helped a diverse set of businesses ranging from Technology Companies, Oil Companies, Power Generation & Renewables Operators, Microsoft Ecosystem Partners, SAP Customers and Partners, Healthcare Providers, Manufacturers, Facility Operators, Startups, Educational Institutions, Nonprofits & associations and more. Ian’s experiences with these organizations led him to a unique position of being able to identify the common challenges of growth for all these organizations. The bottom line as he found out, is that we all are hungry for success and want to grow and make a difference. Where we fall short is by failing to understand our environment and taking the right action within that environment. After 20 years serving the needs of the industry Ian’s natural pivot was to answer his calling and help organizations at a broader level understand what tomorrow brings. His work and study of all these organizations brought forward very unique perspectives that he now share through his work. Today, hands down, we live in the great time for humanity. Technology is a great thing, but it also has its victims. Many organizations of tomorrow will fail under the pressure of a fast changing world, much of which is fueled and driven by technology. Ian’s mission is to help organizations avoid that pitfall, and propel themselves into success in today’s era and go from digital disruption to digital transformation in the fastest and most sustainable way. This is the only way, according to him, we can together create limitless value, create solutions that are faced by us locally as well as by others around the globe, and make the world a happier place. Today Ian’s work spans working with people by delivering keynotes, consulting and by promoting his 7 –Axioms methodology through his book and workshops. He is also working on an ambitious project of releasing a documentary in spring of 2018 called Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 will capture the thoughts and insights of some of the world’s leading thinkers and help us understand the 4th Industrial Revolution, Its Impact, and how we can all be have an opportunity to be part of the emerging future and make the right choices. For more information please visit www.iankhan.com

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