Gartner: 5 megatrends ushers new Personal Cloud era
By Asia Cloud Forum editors 13-Mar-2012
By 2014, personal clouds will replace personal computers as PCs will no longer become the sole devices for corporate access, said research company Gartner.
Gartner predicted that the "personal cloud" will provide users with a new level of flexibility with the devices they use for daily activities, and further enhance user satisfaction and productivity. But this will require the enterprises to rethink how they deliver applications and services to their users.
"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."
5 megatrends in post-PC era
"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."
-- Steve Kleynhans, research VP, Gartner
The past two years have been a whirlwind in the client computing space, leaving many enterprises asking what comes next and what the environment will look like in five years.
"Many call this era the post-PC era, but it isn't really about being 'after' the PC, but rather about a new style of personal computing that frees individuals to use computing in fundamentally new ways to improve multiple aspects of their work and personal lives," Kleynhans said.
Several driving forces are combining to create this new era. These megatrends have roots that extend back through the past decade but are aligning in a new way.
Megatrend No. 1: Consumerization -- you ain't seen nothing yet
Gartner has discussed the consumerization of IT for the better part of a decade, and has seen the impact of it across various aspects of the corporate IT world. However, much of this has simply been a precursor to the major wave that is starting to take hold across all aspects of information technology as several key factors come together:
- Users are more technologically savvy and have very different expectations of technology.
- The Internet and social media have empowered and emboldened users.
- The rise of powerful, affordable mobile devices changes the equation for users.
- Users have become innovators.
- Through the democratization of technology, users of all types and status within organizations can now have similar technology available to them.
Megatrend No. 2: Virtualization -- changing how the game is played
Virtualization has improved flexibility and increased the options for how IT organizations can implement client environments. Virtualization has, to some extent, freed applications from the peculiarities of individual devices, operating systems or even processor architectures.
Virtualization provides a way to move the legacy of applications and processes developed in the PC era forward into the new emerging world. This provides low-power devices access to much-greater processing power, thus expanding their utility and increasing the reach of processor-intensive applications.