Researchers predict that over 1 billion personal cloud storage service accounts will be active by the end of 2013, according to an article published by The Host Review website. The article indicates that the compiled data, collected by ABI Research, shows that this is double than the amount of accounts that existed last year.
The report, according to the article, continued to project that these numbers will increase again over the next five years, stating that this amount “will more than triple, reaching 3.61 billion by the end of 2018.” Researchers also expect that there will be an increase of “aggregated data storage utilized by personal cloud services“, according to the article. The data shows this increase to be from “685 petabytes in 2013 to 3,520 petabytes” in that three year time frame.
In the article, industry experts commented on this increase. One expert, Aapo Markkanen, a senior analyst, said, “Various factors are contributing to the rapidly increasing personal cloud uptake, including the ‘consumerization’ of enterprise IT and multiple device ownership.” Markkanen was also quoted in the article to say, “For storage needs, the most far-reaching driver is the expansion and improvement of camera technologies. In particular, cameras embedded in smartphones have generated large amounts of high-resolution image and video content. This trend toward ubiquitous cameras is only set to intensify, as camera capabilities gain traction in wearable computing and the Internet of Things.”