BYOC leading to unlimited storage ‘free-for-all’

Sharing platforms could soon offer unlimited storage at no extra cost, in a move being dubbed a Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) free-for-all.

The likes of Dropbox and Google Drive have long come with storage limits, often using a ‘freemium’ model to allow users the chance to scale up to a size that best suits their needs for an additional cost. All this could change in due course, however, with BYOC revolutionising the way businesses and individuals alike store their information.

In a blog post for, Chanel Chambers asserted that this change was certainly going to happen. “This isn’t something IT managers can stop or block,” she said, “so businesses need to accept reality and plan for it.”

The anxieties that Chambers alluded to involve employees using their now-limitless storage facilities to save important, potentially sensitive documents. This could be a worry for business owners if it means their private information is now more accessible than ever before.

A need to communicate with staff and plan for security

Proper planning could make this development positive for all involved, though. Chambers noted that such plans would involve communicating any changes with staff members, to let them know of the benefits on offer, as well as any rules or regulations they would need to follow. The advantages would include increased productivity and mobility, a better user experience, more control and greater employee satisfaction.

To provide an added layer of security, Chambers advised companies to “provide workspaces that have secure IT oversight, but also integrate with what is in the current environment.”

She added: “Often, the current environment has data in many places: file servers, private clouds, public clouds etc. Choosing a data management solution that integrates with where the company’s data lives today will be more suitable than forcing data to be moved to a single location. This will reduce deployment time and give more flexibility later on to choose where to store the data.”