Cloud Computing and Mobile Devices
- Published: 09 July 2013
Cloud computing is a recent technology that seeks to provide users with access to their personal data and applications whenever they need it. Simplification of the access would mean a shorter time for the users to make full used on it; hence, leading to greater marketability of the product. Smartphones and tablets make up to sixty six percent (66%) on the internet connected devices today, while PC's make up to twenty nine percent (29%).
Developments in market attributes toward the impact of cloud computing on mobile connected customers are targeted on three prong areas:
- Cloud services must address the specific mobile needs of their clients. This would include allowing clients to access company data by the use of their personal iPad at a touch of a finger and collaborating with their teams in the use of these data;
- Security in access to are more critical in the mobile world. With employees bringing their own devices and apps to work in the corporate cloud, enforcing proper use of password becomes daunting when faced with multitudes of users;
- Mobile access to cloud services must extend to administration and services. Managed private cloud should deploy private cloud services to complement public cloud services. Administrators of private cloud services must assure the clients of simplicity and quickness of IT services in terms of platform and infrastructure services.
Mobile Apps Run On Remote Servers: A system administrator can now monitor a system server with the use of mobile apps for free, an example would be the IBM Mobile Remote System apps. The servers on its own, could be confusing with all its buttons and indicator lights; hence, changes in the system can be daunting to any user. The IBM Research Team in Texas, came up with a new interface and put it into the mobile app. It is now possible for any system administrator to track and manage multiple servers from varied locations.
Improved Mobile Cloud Computing Models: "Mobile phones are now becoming to be the universal interface to both online services and cloud computing services" (Giurgui et al., 2009). A cloud computing mobile app can be downloaded in any mobile phone that would be executed on a server instead of the mobile phone's hardware. The app would connect with a cloud server, whose function is to display data that it receives.
Another more recent innovation is to access the app through the phone's web browser. An example would be Google. Docs where there is no need to download the apps since it is directly available through used by the web browser.
Among the newest innovation is the hybrid phone that partly operates on cloud and partly on mobile phone apps. An example of these phones is those that run on mobile apps but whose files are generated and save on a cloud. This is where mobile apps can offload a computation task to the clouds, if needed.
However, applications that save data that it generated in the clouds would be the trend of the future. This would be highly doable as more manufacturers at present tries to integrate mobile phone technology with other devices that they are coming up with like Google TV.
Fixing Stuff Becomes Easier With Used Of Cloud: The cloud offers syncing operations from one's own desktop that are easy to do and follow. Files can be synced, access anywhere, and shared with friends. Among the services that can be availed of are: contact storage, calendar, task or to-do list, bookmarking service, and a photo storage . With the use of cloud, a user can sync mobile calendar with contacts apps at ease.
More Profitable Options For Developers: Cloud computing helps cut on expenses and boost company earnings. In its purest form, it is the use of computer technology through the internet. A cloud platform has the capabilities to deliver worldwide the performance and scalability that any company can do on its own. Cloud computing can deliver the best service and solutions that individual companies are incapable of delivering at their own steam.
For developers to capitalize on this growing industry trend, they must be well versed on the three C's of cloud computing, and these are: consultation, customization, and continuance of cloud services. With the addition of industry, knowledge, and track record; developers can offer continuous service and operational skills which can create cloud enablement services to their respective clients.
Author Bio: Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., a managed and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR.