Opera clearly has ambitious ideas on its mind with the release of Opera Unite.
It is essentially a way for you to share files on your PC, over the internet, and turn your home PC into a file server.
While the concept is not original by any stretch, what they are proposing has a certain freshness and simplicity about it that means it might just work.
Traditional servers are clearly still the solution to high volume file sharing and web hosting, and peer-to-peer networks certainly are not in any danger. But this really is about giving everyone, of varying technical abilities, a simple and easy to understand way to share files across different locations.
For someone like myself who already has access to several datacenter servers, and knowledge on how to use many of the web storage solutions already available, this is probably not something I will find a use for; but I would certainly still like to see it really take off and evolve.
At the end of the day for me I would like to host servers in my own home, and while I understand this means I miss out on datacenter features like fire safety, security, guaranteed power supply and connections, the biggest drawback is from home is the available bandwidth.
Lets hope the Fibre to the Home next gen broadband network in Australia truly liberates home and small business to operate at higher capacity.