What is privacy? Is how we define it different now than what it used to be? Has our expectation lowered in the last 25 years? I think that we would all agree that our expectation of privacy has changed as information has become more readily available through the internet. We also as we put more of ourselves out there than we used to through social media, blogs, and email. Marketers love gathering that data and using it to target us with advertising.
Note: The review in this article is intended for those looking for a solution for residential and personal use. Please contact your managed services provider when reviewing a cloud storage solution for your business.
If your like me, your data is very valuable and you need to make sure that it is backed up and easily accessible. Over the last several months I demoed the three most popular cloud storage systems to provide a overview of the different choices to provide a favorite pick.
If you believe in Bigfoot you may be offended by this post, but to the best of my knowledge there is no such thing. If he does exist, he is only seen rarely and by a select few people who have been drinking Miller Light by a camp fire. The same applies to many cloud providers that I have seen through the consulting that I have done by companies looking into low cost, no name providers. I used the analogy in My Data Where Art Thou, that you would not want to go with the cheapest babysitter in town so why would you put your valuable data in the hands of a no name provider. Is low cost really low cost when you have to spend thousands in court fees trying to sue the no name provider for losing your data? Is low cost really low cost when you lose an important file and can’t find it on your server or in the “cheap” cloud backup?
I got a great response on my most recent post about cloud computing, “My data where art thou”. A lot of people never thought about cloud computing in the way that I described it in that previous post. I want to restate that cloud computing is a great technology and business solution that can allow businesses to cut costs and escalate their level of productivity and accessibility; however the right vendor and technology partner is important. I encourage business owner and business manager to conduct the proper research on a provider before choosing them.
Have you ever watched some late night television and see those commercials that say, “It’s 12:00. Do you know where your children are?” Your children are important, but your data is also vital. This brings me to ask the question, do you know where your data is?
Its a simple question and should have a simple answer. Personally my data is stored locally, replicated in the Microsoft Cloud, and then backed up on an 8TB server. I am very cautious with my data and have been alarmed at how some businesses that I have seen recently are making bad decisions with their data.
Starting this week, along with my other hacking series, is my new series on cloud computing. The cloud is becoming a huge topic and now has its own category on my blog. This series of posts will cover the deception that some technology firms are telling businesses and the pitfalls from rushing into a cloud environment, without first doing your homework on the company you are going with.