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Cloud computing comes in a variety of flavors. There’s public, private, and hybrid. But now, some are talking about the “Personal Cloud“. It’s a term that Gartner and some analysts are using to describe cloud data and services that are accessible to individuals across any (or at least many) devices.
A report by Allied Market Research estimates the size of the personal cloud market to grow more than 30 percent annually over the next five years, reaching $90 billion in 2020
Gartner says that “the personal cloud is not a tangible entity, but rather the realization of four different types of experience in which users store, synchronize, stream and share content on a contextual basis, moving from one platform, screen and location to another. Founded on interconnected services and applications, it both reflects and sets consumers’ expectations for how next-generation computing services will work.”
Stephen Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner, said that “looking forward, we see continued upheaval and challenges from the blending of personal and corporate digital tools and information within each user’s life. Each user’s personal cloud is unique and evolving, as the user’s daily needs change and as vendors and products come and go.”
Gartner says that critical to the viability of the personal cloud is strong authentication so that the integrity and security of data stored in the cloud can be ensured.