Mobile Cloud Computing Fundamentals and Challenges
Mobile cloud computing is one of the hottest trends on the technology front. The cloud is already pretty mobile in its own right, but this concept takes things to an all new level. In a nutshell, it’s about fully mobilizing the mode of computing that has changed the way both businesses and consumers store, access, and use data. Inside of that shell are what have been established as the good and the bad, in addition to new issues that are specific to the environment. This article will brief businesses and tech integrators on the basics and challenges of the mobile cloud.
Why Mobilize the Cloud?
Just like many trends, demand is driving the trend that sees more companies giving consideration to the mobile cloud. On one hand, there is a fast-growing number of customers demanding applications they can access from their smartphones and tablets. In addition to accessibility, cloud-based applications offer consumers optimal performance, since the processing power needed to run them is delivered by remote servers as opposed to the actual device. This gives those cloud apps the ability to perform just as well, if not better, than apps a user would download, install and run natively.
On the other hand, there are employees that require access to company resources on the go. Smartphone applications allow business users to view corporate data, share files, collaborate on team initiatives, and much more wherever they are. As a result of these demands, organizations are feeling more pressure to adopt the technology that will enable them to satisfy the customer and maximize productivity in the work environment.
Technology Essential to Mobile Cloud Success
Several technologies have been identified as essential to the continued growth of mobile cloud computing, and HTML5 is high on the list in terms of importance. HTML5 enables users to enjoy video, animations, and various interactive features without the need for the third-party plugins most devices have trouble running. As a result, developers can treat users to the rich, visually stunning app experiences that tech-savvy consumers demand.
Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms or MEAPs, are also vital to the future of mobile cloud computing. Thanks to MEAPs, businesses can deploy applications across a broad range of devices by reusing code, which eliminates the need to develop apps for a specific device, a practice that is common in the current landscape. Additionally, these platforms allow IT administrators to choose the apps they want to run natively on remote devices as a way to leverage core features or bypass the difficulties associated with emulating functionality on mobile servers.
Mobile Cloud Concerns
The mobile element introduces challenges that are distinct from that those have been associated with the cloud in general, and compounds others. Security is one issue that becomes more of a concern in the mobile environment. Unfortunately, many of these issues are beyond the control of IT teams. Even with security measures in place, the irresponsible actions of employees can lead to lost devices or other problems that jeopardize the integrity of data and the image of the company.
IBM predicted that there will be 1 trillion cloud-friendly devices by 2015. That forecast hints at some major opportunities for taking advantage of the increased access and data these gadgets make available. Businesses and service providers are strongly advised to get acquainted with both the advantages and challenges at the earliest stage of the game as possible.
Aidan Hijleh is a freelance copywriter and serves as the Non-Profit Partnership Liaison for Benchmark Email Marketing Services. Aidan advocates free email marketing services to assist with the flourishing of grassroots organizations.
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