The Era of the Personal Cloud

For years the enterprise has strived to obtain a “Single View of the Customer” however in the consumer space users have been satisfied having the majority of their data dispersed around the web.  From a personal finance perspective the rise of PFM offered the chance to view all of your finances in one place however until now due to the increase in cloud storage providers a consumer has had their personal information in various data centres around the world.  The need for change was reinforced last year at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando where one of their predictions was the forthcoming “era of the personal cloud”.

The push for more personal cloud technologies will lead to a shift toward services and away from devices. The type of device one has will be less important, as the personal cloud takes over some of the role that the device has traditionally had with multiple devices accessing the personal cloud” Gartner

This prediction may however be starting to come true.  This month a new Android Application was launched by CloudGOO which allows you to aggregate all of your storage under one roof.  This offering is not unlike other platforms however the USP compared to products like Jolicloud is that it attempts to combine all of your cloud storage under one roof.   CloudGOO allows you to see all of your cloud drives including Google Drive, OneDrive (previously SkyDrive), Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, and Amazon’s Cloud Drive. To get started you just connect your accounts and the app tells you how much storage you have available on each plus how much is already used in total. You can then fine-tune your settings to specify which file types (e.g. photos, videos, documents, etc.) you want to back up, and whether those files should be backed only over Wi-Fi.  Based on this information you can even allow CloudGOO to decide which storage it backs up your media to.

Even though this app is the first of its type you can see that this will revolutionise the area of personal cloud and imagine if in the future encryption of uploaded files was offered or a facility to create a duplicate backup across 2 providers for extra security, everyone sign up in a flash.

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Author: Steve Wakefield

Steve Wakefield is an experienced Innovator presently based in London.

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