Man-Looking-up-at-Clouds-150x150When it comes to growth in the cloud, it is the consumer market that is growing and growing quickly. There are an abundance of service providers, Amazon, DropBox, Google and Apple just to name a few. Gartner predicts that the “average storage per household will grow from 464GB in 2011 to 3.3TB in 2016. By 2013, it is projected that there will be 625 million subscribers and by 2017, 1.3 billion.

The majority of consumer cloud storage is in what is considered personal cloud. PC Magazine defines a personal cloud as “a small server in a home or small business network that can be accessed over the internet. Designed for sharing photos and videos, personal clouds enable viewing and streaming from any internet connected personal computer”. Many of these personal clouds are simply a NAS with software to manage the storage and sharing.

Why choose to create your own personal cloud? Security and cost would be the top two reasons according to CloudTweaks. If your data is on your own premises, there is less fear your data could be hacked or stolen. There are no recurring yearly or monthly fees, if you own the NAS and the software.

There is no denying our data storage habits are changing with more and more people using mobile devices to access photos, music, movies and documents.

What percentage of your data are you storing in the cloud? Is it stored in a personal cloud?

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