Cloud and Mobility: A Match Made in Heaven?

Kathryn Weldon
Kathryn Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • The convergence of the ‘cloud’ and mobility is a trend that vendors, service providers, and analysts have been predicting for years (and 2013 is no exception).
  • However, ‘cloud’ means so many things in so many markets that some of this convergence has already happened under other names.

The promise of mobility has long included ‘anywhere, anytime’ access to public and corporate information and collaboration resources.  Adding cloud-based delivery (to smartphones and tablets) of the applications to leverage these resources seemingly enhances this proposition, lowering investment costs and increasing flexibility.  However, public cloud services (in the form of PaaS, SaaS, and IaaS) are still in relatively early stages of market acceptance.  Moreover, while use of enterprise mobility apps is accelerating, most organizations still prefer to buy these apps ‘off-the shelf,’ with use of internal or outsourced MEAPs or code development coming slowly up the curve.  Meanwhile, the delivery of these apps is skewed towards in-house servers, with Android and iOS app stores coming in second and external hosting (i.e., cloud services) still lagging the market.  Even enterprise app stores are essentially private clouds, with role-based permissions for access, fortified by access-level, app-level, device-level, and traditional corporate perimeter security. Continue reading “Cloud and Mobility: A Match Made in Heaven?”