Lending support to the recent skyrocketing popularity of cloud computing, the market for netbooks seems to be overpowering that of regular notebooks, according to recent research from Display Search.

The company found that in the fourth quarter of 2009, revenues for the netbook market grew by 72 percent year-over-year, compared to an 11 percent decline for notebooks.

In terms of units shipped, the study found that netbooks increased by 103 percent and are expected to grow by another 19 percent in 2010, while notebooks grew a modest 5 percent and are expected to grow by 16 percent next year.

Analysts say that netbooks, thanks to their reliance on web applications and cloud computing-based storage, will not only benefit from the popularity of cloud computing but will also drive cloud adoption.

"The limited local processing and limited local storage available on netbooks are likely to become catalysts for transferring more processing and storage to the data center, where companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are currently building up large reservoirs of computing resources," said Jason Hiner for ZDNet.

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