Mobile Cloud Computing
1. Cloud Computing
The advent of Internet has opened up several opportunities for business excellence, cost optimization, scalability and efficiency. Cloud Computing is one such innovation that has brought the IT facilities within the reach of every organization both big and small. It is estimated that in the next two years, 30% of the organizations in India will move their applications on the cloud.
Cloud computing is web based processing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to the users on demand over the internet. Cloud computing customers do not own the physical infrastructure. These users avoid capital expenditure on hardware and software. Instead they pay as per their usage. Cloud computing has become a major attraction for Small and medium enterprises (SME) as they get access to the IT services without spending money on procurement of servers and other facilities. They get immediate access to a wide range of applications which they can terminate as and when they want.
2. Risks in cloud computing
The Cloud computing model has its own risk as these users will have to compromise on privacy and data security. The users also have to depend greatly on the service providers on the availability and performance of applications hosted on the cloud.
3. Mobile Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing will have an impact on mobile industry also. The increased network connectivity and popularity of the smart phones and tablet devices like iPad have considerably increased the usage of applications on mobile devices. In a few years Cloud computing is going to bring major shift in the mobile application technology. In Mobile Cloud Computing the data storage and data processing occurs outside the mobile device and results are displayed through screen or speakers. GPRS, Gmail, and Google Maps are some of the mobile cloud computing applications which are already in use.
The major challenge for mobile cloud computing is the limitations inherent to the mobile devices like processing power, memory, network bandwidth and storage capacity as compared to a fixed device like PC.
As there is a huge scope for mobile cloud computing, huge investments are being made in this technology. It is projected that in the next 5 years mobile cloud computing will become a significant contributor to the revenue pie of the telecom industry.