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The Cloud is Expected to Replace the Role of the PC by 2014

By - Source: Gartner | B 102 comments

About a decade ago, the PC was believed to be well on its way to become the digital hub that enables our digital lifestyle and connects multiple devices, content and entertainment applications.

For most consumers that never happened, but analysts now believe that there is a new digital hub developing that will be the at the center of our "digital lives" by 2014. Gartner says it will be the personal cloud that will replace the PC as the digital hub.

"Major trends in client computing have shifted the market away from a focus on personal computers to a broader device perspective that includes smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices," said Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner. "Emerging cloud services will become the glue that connects the web of devices that users choose to access during the different aspects of their daily life."

Kleynhans noted that we may not be seeing a one-to-one replacement for the PC as cloud computing should be viewed as a new style of personal computing.

Gartner mentioned virtualization among the most significant computer trends at this time, a shift from applications to apps, the emergence of the self-service cloud, much more mobile devices that enable anywhere, anytime computing as well as an ongoing trend of consumerization, in which new technology trends are developed and shaped in the consumer space and then adapted by businesses.

"In this new world, the specifics of devices will become less important for the organization to worry about. Users will use a collection of devices, with the PC remaining one of many options, but no one device will be the primary hub. Rather, the personal cloud will take on that role. Access to the cloud and the content stored or shared in the cloud will be managed and secured, rather than solely focusing on the device itself," said Kleynhans.

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    obiown77 , March 26, 2012 6:09 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! w/e

    When I hear the term cloud, I also hear the term monthly fee's and corporate control.

    no ....thanks.
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    Tab54o , March 26, 2012 6:08 PM
    Not going to happen and saying that it'll happen by 2014 is just stupid. Kinda getting sick of these lame articles about this type of stuff. The one about tablets replacing pc's is also not going to happen.
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    alvine , March 26, 2012 6:05 PM
    I don't think so lol. It may be the future but I don't want my sensitive information on some server people can hack to.
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  • 40 Hide
    alvine , March 26, 2012 6:05 PM
    I don't think so lol. It may be the future but I don't want my sensitive information on some server people can hack to.
  • 42 Hide
    Tab54o , March 26, 2012 6:08 PM
    Not going to happen and saying that it'll happen by 2014 is just stupid. Kinda getting sick of these lame articles about this type of stuff. The one about tablets replacing pc's is also not going to happen.
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    obiown77 , March 26, 2012 6:09 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! w/e

    When I hear the term cloud, I also hear the term monthly fee's and corporate control.

    no ....thanks.
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    NightLight , March 26, 2012 6:15 PM
    that'll be the day.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2012 6:16 PM
    Unfortunately, the average user will not put up with the interruptions to their data access due to unreliable and slow mobile data usage models. This will only become the hub when you are 99% connected all the time where-ever you go that you use your devices.

    I am afraid, till then local storage will win!

    Over-all, I will not be one to follow this new usage model, I do not want or need my content syned across the "cloud". No Need, call me a dinosaur, but there you go!
  • 28 Hide
    Anonymous , March 26, 2012 6:16 PM
    Let's not forget the Hay I'm 200 miles from the nearest hotspot, oh wait I can't access my data
  • 28 Hide
    targetdrone , March 26, 2012 6:17 PM
    Enjoy not being able to use the cloud on your wireless iToy because 1)You're in an area without data service or 2)You blew through your monthly data allowance using the Cloud.
  • 36 Hide
    cybrcatter , March 26, 2012 6:17 PM
    Just as netbooks replaced PCs as folks' primary device by 2012.

    wait...
  • 25 Hide
    jaquith , March 26, 2012 6:18 PM
    Maybe 2034 - that's gotta be a typo?! Otherwise they're sniffing too much glue.
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    Parrdacc , March 26, 2012 6:20 PM
    By 2014? Ah no. I don't see it. Beware of the band wagon, with it comes lots of predictions that, while a select few come true, most fail and fall flat. I'm still waiting on my flying car.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2012 6:22 PM
    Businesses REALLY want to move us to cloud computing. They would have total control over the apps, reduce piracy, control what you do, and be able to charge you without actually producing a physical product for you to buy and own. This move is NOT about consumer experience. It's about convincing consumers it's a great experience, so they can make more/easier profits and have more control. Yay.
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    orwellswift , March 26, 2012 6:22 PM
    My first reaction is total government/ corporate control over all your data and what you do as an individual. I can also see sometime in the future the government making hard drives illegal forcing us all to use the "Cloud" instead of storing our own property where it belongs, with the user.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2012 6:24 PM
    The author of this article doesn't seem to understand what "The Cloud" actually is. To even suggest it will replace the PC is like saying A coffee cup will be replaced by the screwdriver. They are 2 totally unrelated things. My suggestion to Tom's is to stop writing articles just for the sake of writing them. Wait until there is actually something to write about?
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    cybrcatter , March 26, 2012 6:27 PM
    orwellswiftMy first reaction is total government/ corporate control over all your data and what you do as an individual. I can also see sometime in the future the government making hard drives illegal forcing us all to use the "Cloud" instead of storing our own property where it belongs, with the user.

    *Ubisoft Likes This (\_

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    Naxos , March 26, 2012 6:27 PM
    LoL clouds this cloud that who cares? What a fail prediction. Toms must have people with vested interest in the cloud to keep spewing this crap. Don't they realize 90% of the people don't have the bandwidth needed for this to even come close to bieng feasable. We won't even have that by 2014 much less it completely replacing the PC. HAHAHA!
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    obiown77 , March 26, 2012 6:29 PM
    RandomGuy20032Businesses REALLY want to move us to cloud computing. They would have total control over the apps, reduce piracy, control what you do, and be able to charge you without actually producing a physical product for you to buy and own. This move is NOT about consumer experience. It's about convincing consumers it's a great experience, so they can make more/easier profits and have more control. Yay.



    I totally agree, though some cloud based services may be useful to us like gmail and a few others, but the ultimate goal of the high level tech tycoons is what you said above, atleast I think so.
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    spookyman , March 26, 2012 6:32 PM
    Cloud sounds like a great idea but you will not see it to soon from a coorporate perspective.

    The question of the "Cloud" is who owns the data? How accessible is my data? How protected is my data?

    Some industries such as defense, health and banking may not be able to use the cloud.
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    dimar , March 26, 2012 6:32 PM
    So what happens if I have 1TB of super important data on the cloud (with no backup), and then I lose my job, and must cancel the mobile/wired internet services?
    The libraries will be overcrowded, and the neighbours will hate me :-)

    Cloud is good for light stuff like e-mails and as a backup. But I don't think I'd ever use it as a main storage, no matter how good the advertisement will be. And I don't think the cloud will be cheap enough to store all my FLAC files for mobility, and I refuse to use any lossy format.
    Personal home cloud, using NAS is an interesting idea, if unlimited mobile internet becomes super cheap.
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    thefiend1 , March 26, 2012 6:33 PM
    HELL NO, F THAT. NO F'in way.
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