The development of mobile cloud computing

December 10, 2014

As cloud computing develops in the marketplace and morphs into a necessity rather than a popular convenience, its uses will also progress. Offices around the world have already begun implementing the technology in ways beyond data storage, including information security and analytics. And as BYOD workplaces continue to proliferate, cross-platform adaptability will be of paramount importance. This explains the swift rise of the mobile cloud market.

The future of smartphones and the cloud
Midsize Insider reported that, according to a report by Research and Markets, the current mobile cloud market is $9.43 billion and is projected to reach nearly $47 billion in 2019. The publication noted that the industry will continue to grow because of the high demand for boundless social interaction of both personal and business purposes. Yet as this subcategory of the cloud finds new audiences and reaches its apex of use, there will also be a greater need for privacy and security strategies.

The publication noted that cloud managers could fight against spyware and malware through the analysis of inbound and outbound traffic. It also highlighted encryption and mobile device management as useful methods to counter threats. Through just a few of these steps, which can be inexpensive and well worth the effort, businesses would create a much more comprehensive network security program that includes prevention, intrusion detection, and rapid response.

Mobile cloud offers tangible benefits
The opportunities provided by mobile cloud technologies are vast and diverse, however they’re not always immediately felt. For example, a concept such as data backup is certainly useful, but it’s not exactly palpable.

However, Nicholas Lee, head of offerings head for Fujitsu’s managed infrastructure services, wrote for SYS-CON Media that he believes mobile and cloud technologies can also help people in real life situations.

Lee wrote that employees no longer have to sit by a desk next to a landline phone. Mobile cloud computing gives them the opportunity to work anywhere and have necessary information in the palm of their hand. While offices can be good places to gather for meetings and basic discussions related to work, they are no longer vital to most operations because of mobile developments and cloud computing.

The global progression of mobile cloud implementation will likely result in a few hiccups here and there. It may take some time for businesses to adapt to a world of greater security responsibilities and less IT groups. However, as smartphones become fully immersed in the cloud, companies will benefit from even greater efficiencies.