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

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.

  • alvine
    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.
  • Tab54o
    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.
  • obiown77

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

    no ....thanks.
  • NightLight
    that'll be the day.
  • 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!
  • Let's not forget the Hay I'm 200 miles from the nearest hotspot, oh wait I can't access my data
  • targetdrone
    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.
  • cybrcatter
    Just as netbooks replaced PCs as folks' primary device by 2012.

  • jaquith
    Maybe 2034 - that's gotta be a typo?! Otherwise they're sniffing too much glue.
  • Parrdacc
    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.