The Personal Cloud: Innovations and Trends

This report analyzes the marketplace for consumer cloud-based products and services, including the market players, regulatory issues, technologies, and market trends. The report defines the personal cloud and provides a classification scheme for cloud-based offerings.

It explores the evolution of the personal cloud across global regions and the market forces that will shape the future of this industry. It includes forecasts for personal cloud-based products and services through 2017.

“Consumer-oriented cloud services have seen great innovation over the past year. However, companies throughout the industry have different perceptions of what is meant by ‘the cloud,’” said Brett Sappington, director of research, Parks Associates. “As personal cloud services and product features are moving from future concept to current reality, there is a need to define ‘the cloud’ and understand the impact that these services and features will have on all aspects of the consumer technology marketplace.”

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The Bottom Line

1.0   Report Summary

1.1 Purpose and Scope of Report

1.2 Data Sources

2.0   Defining “The Cloud”

3.0   Market Analysis

3.1 Standalone Services

3.2 Products with Cloud Service Features

3.3 Ultraviolet and Digital Lockers

4.0   Future Industry Outlook

4.1 Consumer Interest

4.2 Regulatory and Privacy Issues

5.0   Forecasts

6.0   Implications and Recommendations

6.1 Service Providers / Operators

6.2 CE Manufacturers / Solution Providers

Companies Interviewed for the Report
Aspects of “The Cloud”
Examples of Storage Cloud Participants
Personal Cloud Categories
Household Broadband Penetration by Nation
Average Broadband Speed by Nation
Market Inhibitors and Catalysts
Average Number of Devices per Household
Mobile Platforms: Forecast of Annual Shipped Units
Percentage of Personal Content Stored in Back-up Locations
Consumer Interest in Cloud Storage Services
Cloud Storage Services
Use of Cloud Storage Services
Comparing Online and CE-based Cloud Storage Options
Consumer Preference for Cloud Storage Providers
Cloud-based Music Services
Music Services Offered by Broadband/Mobile Service Providers
Digital Download Services
Players in the Video Cloud
Cloud Services via Virtual Objects
Opportunities and Strategies for Personal Cloud Players

Publish Date: 4Q 2012

Pages: 57

Authored By:
Brett Sappington - Senior Research Director and Principal Analyst

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