Mobile Cloud

Federal agencies see cloud, mobile computing as a path to interoperability

Grazed from FederalNewsRadio. Author: Lauren Larson.

"Forget about bring-your-own-device, it's bring your own cloud," said Pamela Wise- Martinez, senior strategic enterprise architect for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. That was the message Wise-Martinez offered to a group of federal and industry officials Tuesday as she kicked off the three-day event focused on cloud and mobility at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.

"People want to bring everything with them," Wise-Martinez said. The biggest challenge across the federal government is making legacy applications interoperable. She said mobility is driving that change. Dawn Leaf, deputy chief information officer at the Labor Department, said the cloud model is very much driven by the end user...

Microsoft Partners: Xamarin Could Be Game-Changer For Mobile, Cloud Developers

Grazed from CRN. Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Microsoft, by either acquiring or investing in mobile app development startup Xamarin, would help developers tap into a ton of new mobility and cloud computing opportunities, according to some partners. Xamarin's tools make it possible to code iOS and Android apps using Microsoft's Visual Studio and C# programming language.

In addition to letting .Net developers write code for multiple platforms, Xamarin could get iOS and Android developers on board with coding Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was famously resistant to working with rivals' platforms, but partners think buying Xamarin would be a great way for new CEO Satya Nadella to show developers things are going to be different under his watch...

Mobility rising to be one of the key drivers of cloud computing

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Atul Shetiya and Pankaj Sabnis.

Over the past few years, cloud computing and mobility have emerged as mainstream technologies transforming enterprises’ ICT adoption and spending. Begun as a phenomenon of consumer technologies moving into the business world like social networking, cloud storage and mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), the above trends are now driving the enterprise-wide IT ecosystems.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the rapid advancements in above technologies is being driven by the economics of value created by change, for instance, shifting of investments from CAPEX to OPEX and rapid consumerization. If we learn about their play in current IT user landscape, in many ways, mobility and cloud computing play a congruent role from both consumer and enterprise user standpoint...

Accelerating Innovation in Cloud & Mobile Computing

Grazed from EEJournal. Author: Bruce Kleinman.

The 1980s witnessed a “golden age” of the computer. While the commercially successful x86 architecture continued to evolve at the microarchitecture level, completely new architectures and instruction sets innovated rapidly and set the stage for intense competition. RISC concepts were refined and expanded in the MIPS, Sparc, Power, PA-RISC and Alpha (to name a few) architectures with great success.

In short, there was a lot of Darwinian action taking place. Interesting in retrospect, the vast majority of these architectures focused on workstation CPUs: by and large, the architectures were optimized for compute horsepower with a focus on integer and floating-point performance. The race was on to build faster and faster compute engines...

Personal Cloud Server App Tonido Allows Unlimited Camera Uploads to Apple Devices

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products, has launched a new app update that will allow users to automatically backup their photos and videos from iDevices to their computers running Tonido Personal Cloud software. This new feature is offered completely free to customers and there is no storage limits or subscription fees.

The self-hosted cloud solution allows users to view documents, play music, browse photos, watch videos and share files without ever sending personal data through unsecured mediums like email, social media platforms or storing in Public Online services. Individuals begin by downloading the free Tonido server app on their desktop and the free mobile app onto their iOS device. Employing smart LAN switching technology to use gigabit access speed within home LAN networks, the app safely connects users to the documents stored on their desktop in seconds. Users can also access their files via Wi-Fi or 3G mobile networks, automatically backup their photos and videos from their iPhone/iPad to their Tonido personal cloud, and download files for offline viewing...

Mobile Cloud Services Platforms: The Back-End of Mobile Apps

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

The explosion of mobile applications and devices has lead to an extremely crowded and fragmented market leaving mobile developers searching for new opportunities to differentiate and improve the user experience. Increasingly, successful mobile apps are supported by data feeds and services in the cloud such as databases, messaging, location, and social networking status.

At the same time, enterprises are realizing the importance of the mobile channel and are moving beyond devices and applications devising new strategies to broaden their reach. Extending enterprise data and services to mobile developers via APIs is an approach enterprises are increasingly pursuing. These macro trends are driving demand for mobile cloud services platforms...

BYOD and its Impact on Mobile Management Policies, Part I

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Ashar Baig.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a user-led as well as user-centric phenomenon that is being embraced by CIOs in droves. They understand the new workplace reality is that the knowledge worker is now mobile; therefore, CIOs are mandating IT to make information available on external mobile devices. According to research firm Gartner, in 2013 mobile phones overtook PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide.

As employees ever-more mobile, they increasingly are relying on their mobile devices to meet a wide spectrum of interests and needs. And their ability to utilize smartphones and tablets to do their jobs anywhere is resulting not just in increased employee productivity but also greater organizational agility...

Here's why smartphone users need the cloud

Grazed from BGR. Author: Chris Smith.

Smartphone and tablet users might not use their devices in the most secure fashion – both when it comes to data security and device integrity. But coupling mobile devices with the available advanced services such as app ecosystems and cloud data services is a must, a new infographic from Kloudless shows, specifically when it comes to cloud-related features.

The cloud services provider’s infographic says that average smartphone users spends 95 minutes per day using their phones, whether for business or pleasure. Most interestingly, without cloud computing, average mobile users would lose 240 productive hours per year. Such productivity loss would cost users $6,800 per year and would amount to a 6-week vacation...

Microsoft CEO to focus on mobile, cloud technology

Grazed from AP. Author: Ryan Nakashima.

As longtime Microsoft insider Satya Nadella takes the company's helm, he is declaring a new focus on a "mobile-first, cloud-first world." So far, he only has the latter half of the formula figured out. Microsoft and its new CEO are trying to catch rivals such as Apple, Google and Amazon, which are each building their own thriving ecosystems for mobile devices. At the same time, the company wants to expand its burgeoning business as a provider of software and services over the Internet.

Nadella, head of Microsoft's cloud computing business, was named Tuesday to be Steve Ballmer's immediate replacement. He is only the third chief executive in Microsoft's 38-year history. The 22-year Microsoft veteran has enlisted the help of company founder and first CEO Bill Gates, who is leaving his role as chairman to serve a more hands-on role as an adviser at Nadella's request. Gates will spend a third of his time working on products and technology...

Oracle Envisages ‘Online API Stores’ Based on Mobile Cloud Computing Technologies

Grazed from GreatResponder.  Author: Maria Dehn.

This was announced by the Oracle Company this weekend that it has decided to embark on a visionary model of mobile app development by initiating a Back-end as a Service BaaS cloud computing platform. According to the statement of the company, the API service will be available through ‘Oracle Mobile Cloud Service’ platform, which an ambitious cloud computing platform of the company.

“Initially, this project will focus on the internal IT organizations that will be allowed to set up their BaaS platforms to integrate mobile computing applications with multiple back end systems that run on the Oracle software”, said Suhas Uliyar, the vice president Mobile Strategy Product Management at Oracle Corporation...