By Chris Preimesberger
Hot on the heels of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend is this one: bring your own cloud (BYOC).
It sounds like another market-speak acronym designed to promote a new product or service. But once you get past the jargon, there is some substance there, not to mention a whole new market. In fact, users are increasingly presented with the option to own their own personal storage or collaboration cloud outside of their enterprise.
BYOC describes a trend in which people bring their own “personal clouds” to work; or when employees are empowered to use public or private third-party cloud services to help them perform certain jobs. In the corporate version, BYOC typically involves the stitching together of enterprise and consumer software, both in the cloud and on-premise, to get the job done.
But integrating different cloud environments brings a host of considerations: will the security (or, lack thereof) of one cloud affect another? Will data that you want to keep private stay private? How will proprietary cloud models fit in? Will more open standards and interoperability become not just preferred, but required?
When organizations choose to implement BYOC, the decision affects every employee – and often customers – who use data within their organization, from the developers in the IT department who need their apps deployed quickly to the line-of-business marketing executives who need customer data analysis on a dime. This is because most of us are already walking around with our own private clouds, to a great extent. Where we go with our mobile devices is where our personalized, cloud-based services follow. And wearable computing adds yet another wrinkle to BYOC.
For example, on your mobile phone is probably a variety of apps with your personal data – your banking information, your (professional and personal) social media data, your e-books, etc. The list grows greater with every day that a new business and/or industry joins the app world.
How (and where) do businesses draw the line with this data? And similar to the concerns with BYOD, what additional security measures need to be considered, especially as employees will literally be wearing both business and personal data 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
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