Personal Object Stores
Intrinsically, Object stores should be simpler than any other form of storage. In some sense, we already have them, with services accessible form your handheld to cloud storage systems.
I think the concept needs to be exploited more. The vehicles for communicating are still a bit clumsy and "file-ish", and while that works for nerds, the simple object paradigm fits the connected consumer better.
For SMB, the need is a bit different. Objects work here too, but a portal with perhaps a local copy of data will work better than relying on Internet delivery delays being small. The Object store becomes a well encrypted backup to the local data.
Long term, block IO will fade away. Being able to treat objects with extended attributes will obsolete the file method, which is to me a simple form of Object store anyway.