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Posted by Frank Gillett on May 26, 2010
I’m excited to be returning to the ideas of the Personal Cloud report that I published last July. In that report, I described how computing by individuals will shift from being device-centric, as it is today, to be being information-centric across devices and online services. Think of Personal Cloud as the following idea:
Federated sets of Internet-based digital services for individuals that act as a permanent and flexible resource to:
1) organize and preserve personal information, documents, media, and communications;
2) deliver that information on demand to any device or service; and
3) orchestrate integration of personal information across all digital devices and services.
Personal cloud service providers will build a combination of a data center cloud software platform, browser-based code to enable rich Web experiences, and device-level player or presentation code for richer experiences than the browser can provide, including offline access. And they will create an ecosystem of complementary software and service providers on top of their own offerings.
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 27th, I’ll be hosting a panel on Personal Cloud at the Forrester IT Forum with three executives at companies that are building elements of the personal cloud ecosystem:
Here are some of the questions I’d like to discuss with the panel, and I’d welcome any suggestions for questions:
Forget the Forrester definition of personal cloud for a moment . . . really.
We won’t have time to get to all the questions, but we will have fun trying.
Which ones should we focus on?
What else should I ask?
I want to start by asking each panelist how much customer data they have under management and how fast it is growing. And what’s the right metric for measuring that – is it raw petabytes, number of objects, users?
Online backup services Carbonite and Mozy have made public comments about having 15 to 20 petabytes under management . . . wow!
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