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3.6 billion people will use cloud-based services by 2018, suggests report
3.6 billion people will use cloud-based services by 2018, suggests report
May 13, 2014 | By Mike Rose

May 13, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Newsbrief: A new report from Juniper Research suggests that more than 3.6 billion unique people will utilize cloud-based services by 2018, with video games helping to drive consumer demand.

Cloud-based services were used by an estimated 2.4 billion people last year, but Juniper says that advances in cloud-based storage, music and games will help to significantly drive this figure over the next five years.

In particular, Juniper suggests that the impending launch of PlayStation Now will help to stir up the cloud-based video game space, while the relaunch of OnLive earlier this year may lead to a renaissance in the near future.

The research firm is keen to stress, however, that latency in cloud-based video games is still currently hampering the success of this opportunity.

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Sounds like the cloud companies are going on the PR offensive to try to sell their services again, because their services have undoubtedly taken a huge hit after all the past year of bad government spying stories have emerged to badly damage their industry.

The irony is "The Cloud" is this generation's version of a return to the ideas of "Big Iron". Its an attempt to return to the 1970s era of central computer control, only now its a distributed cloud of central control.

Funny thing is millions of mobile phones etc.. provide their own cloud and the amount of processing power available is growing all the time and that's free.

I guess its a battle that will keep going on for many years. Some companies profit more from having the processing power mostly in the client end and some companies profit more from having most of the processing power in the server end and so the business tug of war will continue. :) ... I guess if it keeps driving down prices at both ends, its good news for us. :)