Annual sales of home media servers will reach nearly 50 million units in the U.S. by the end of 2010, according to Parks Associates’ new report Media Servers: Analysis and Forecasts. The report, which defines a media server as a hard drive-based platform with media sharing software linked via a home network, finds that demand- and supply-side drivers will spur the growth of these media centralization platforms over the next five years.
««Click for larger view. Link: Park Associates. Thanks to Stephen Hill for the tip. I believe that storage and parallel improvements in compression technology will likely make home media servers and portable storage devices more important than networking as a development in the next decade. --Dennis