By Lucas Mearian
April 13, 2010

Cloud storage to benefit from tablet popularity

The rapid spread of tablet devices like the Apple iPad and HP Slate could prove to be a boon to providers of online storage services as users seek ubiquitous data access and synchronisation across multiple mobile platforms for devices that don’t have much internal storage capacity.

The flexibility that comes with cloud storage “is not just a nice thing to have but a necessity when you’re dealing with storage-limited devices,” said Avi Greengart, a consumer devices analyst at research firm Current Analysis in Sterling, Va. “If you have a device based on flash memory, you don’t want to sync everything.”

Most of the mobile tablet devices today use NAND flash technology to offer limited memory capacity, typically 64GB or less.

For example, iPads are available with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash …

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