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Report: Consumer cloud storage demand to rapidly expand

A new report by Gartner suggested that cloud storage environments are becoming popular, as the research firm forecasts consumers to migrate one-third of their digital content in the virtual architectures by 2016. This represents significant growth, as just 7 percent of information and applications was hosted in the cloud in 2011.

"Cloud storage will grow with the emergence of the personal cloud, which in turn will simplify the direct-to-cloud model, allowing users to directly store user-generated content in the cloud," Gartner principal research analyst Shalini Verma said. "As storage becomes a part of the personal cloud, it will become further commoditized."

Gartner analysts believe the global consumer storage demands will expand from 329 exabytes in 2011 to more than 4 zettabytes in 2016. As a result, the average household will host more than 3 terabytes of content in the cloud by 2016, up from 464 gigabytes in 2011.

"With the emergence of the personal cloud, this fast-growing consumer digital content will quickly get disaggregated from connected devices," Verma said.

With the advent of big data, consumers and companies will continue to leverage the cloud to host digital content, applications and information. 

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