9 Trends that Impact the Future of Mobile Cloud Computing
Mobile cloud is the convergence of cloud computing and mobile apps. It is one of the hottest trends in cloud computing that is expected to play an increasingly important role in the future. The need for mobile clouds stem from the following trends:
Enterprise and consumer mobiles apps are getting increasingly smart. The days of using mobile phone just to access the Exchange and browsing the web is giving away into using the mobile for accessing spreadsheets, delivering presentations and performing data processing. To cater to the intensive computing needs on the mobile, advanced apps run from the cloud.
Phone network providers are trying to climb up the value chain. For a long time the infrastructure providers have always feared that they will be relegated as “dumb pipe” utility companies. Thus companies such as Vodafone and Verizon are putting a lot of focus on developing the mobile cloud as a value-add option.
4G LTE compatible devices are supporting bandwidth intensive applications. 3G standards are getting replaced by more faster 4G LTE standards and the increasing bandwidth availability has opened new doors for mobile cloud applications.
The entry of iPads into the enterprise space. Tablets are now entering the enterprise space and are projected to supplement the PCs in the nearby future. From data centers to construction firms, tablets are finding their uses in innovative settings. By moving apps from the PC to the tablet, enterprises are putting more effort on their mobile cloud services.
HTML5. The increasing adoption of HTML5 standards is making it easy to design apps that rely on the mobile cloud. HTML 5 supports offline caching that enables the apps to use the mobile cloud better while still providing a gracefully degraded service when the device is not connected to the network.
The rise of mobile commerce. Consumer are now increasingly buying things from the mobile commerce stores and also using the mobile phone as their wallets. These applications are enabled by the mobile cloud infrastructure.
Fragility of mobile devices. While enterprises are putting increasingly important apps in the mobile, their robustness have not increased. People have far higher probability of dropping their mobile phone than breaking their PC. This necessitates the need to store the apps and data on the cloud.
Increase in the worker mobility. With the increase in worker mobility, the demands have moved from mere data consumption on the mobile devices to performing information creation on the mobile.
Fragmentation of devices. In the past 5 years, the number of data devices used by an information worker has exploded. We have multiple PCs at the office, carry a smart phone and tablets, use a laptop at home. The need to access the data from all the devices is making it necessary to use applications that tap the mobile cloud.