Titled “Home Servers and Consumer Storage: Analysis and
Forecasts,” the report defines several categories of consumer storage solutions,
from online/network-hosted services to NAS devices and home servers.

It
provides primary consumer research about recent and planned storage uses and
purchases, and includes worldwide forecasts for NAS products.

“Current file storage solutions are not equipped to
handle consumers’ ever-growing libraries of digital photos, music and video,”
says Jane Shields, a Parks Associates research analyst. “Soon the average
broadband household will need close to a terabyte of storage for their media
collections on PCs, portable devices and DVRs.

Intuitive user interfaces and installation processes,
allowing easy backup, file sharing, and new device connectivity, will help
consumers grow accustomed to networked storage and stimulate sales, according
to the report.