Mobile Cloud

Infinitely Virtual Lifts Veil on TouchCloud -- Major New Initiative Touch-Enables Cloud Windows Apps, Gives Boost to Mobility

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

The rap on cloud computing has been that it's out there, vague and amorphous, and not really anything you can touch. Think again. Leading cloud server provider Infinitely Virtual (www.infinitelyvirtual.com) today introduced TouchCloud -- and with it, virtually any cloud-based app can be touched from just about anywhere. TouchCloud combines Windows 2012 Server and Windows 8 or 8.1 touch-screen capabilities, automatically touch-enabling all Windows 8/8.1 applications in the cloud.

"Users in small and midsize businesses have wanted to be able to run their Windows apps in the cloud, and share them with coworkers --and now they can," said Adam Stern, Infinitely Virtual founder and CEO. "TouchCloud provides incredible mobility. Any tablet or mobile app in the world can take advantage of it. Now, it's easy to walk around and touch your windows apps."...

StrikeIron IronCloud Launches at Gartner Summit

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

API management and cloud-based data solutions vendor StrikeIron has launched a fully-hosted API management platform in the cloud. Dubbed IronCloud, the cloud-based platform was previously only available to StrikeIron's partners and early adopters, but now the cloud service is available more generally.

With the launch of the GA version of IronCloud, StrikeIron has added a new front-end user interface, as well as new management console support. The purpose of the software is to enable partners and customers to monetize their data and digital assets through APIs. That, according to the company, is done through enabling clients to host digital assets and software, and then access them across any system, including web, mobile apps, customer relationship management software, SaaS apps and on-premise solutions...

Why mobile and cloud will converge to become Mobile Cloud

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Tom Bradley.

Everything’s coming up mobile these days. Gartner estimates that PC sales will make up only about 13 percent of device sales in 2013—and some undisclosed portion of those PCs are notebooks. The more we rely on small, mobile devices to get things done, the more we also depend on cloud storage and services to extend functionality beyond what the mobile device itself is capable of. That’s why mobile and cloud will become mobile cloud.

The IEEE Computer Society lists mobile cloud as one of its Top Technology Trends for 2014. IEEE explains, “Mobile devices are constrained by their memory, processing power, and battery life. But combined with cloud computing, data processing and storage can happen outside of mobile devices.”...

Mobile Commerce Explodes, Cloud Will Contain

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Jason Hannula.

Mobile commerce has exploded in the last year. It is outpacing the growth of e-commerce by 200 percent, and 63 percent of people expect to shop via their smartphone in the next year, according to an infographic on NEXTlevel. Additionally, for users accessing e-commerce sites, mobile devices account for 48 percent of the time spent on the site by consumers. Constant connection to potential customers via their mobile device of choice offers significant opportunities for consumer marketing.

Cloud Containment

In a review conducted one year after the 2012 Forrester Research forecast for cloud computing, James Staten reported in ZDNet that the cloud had been predicted to be a natural partner to mobile commerce, but this has yet to play out as expected. Success has been found in utilizing or providing mobile back-end service layers, and these services handle both the elastic response required by mobile clients and the insulation of back office and data centers from traffic explosions associated with mobile engagement. Bypassing the mobile back-end service model has lead to poor performance for mobile end-user devices and the corporate back end...

Cloud Computing: IBM To Buy Fiberlink For Mobile Management

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Doug Henschen.

IBM on Wednesday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Fiberlink Communications, a provider of cloud-based mobile-device management and mobile security services. IBM said the acquisition will advance its ability to support organizations adopting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) mobile programs.

Fiberlink's MaaS360 cloud services are used by financial services firms, healthcare organizations, and manufacturers worldwide, reportedly offering fast, self-service enrollment of BYOD in less than five minutes. IBM said the technologies will enable it to offer cloud-based or on-premise mobile device management, mobile content management, and mobile application management capabilities. The software can also separate personal from enterprise data and content on mobile devices...

BlackBerry debuts cloud-based enterprise mobility management service

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Rene Millman.

BlackBerry has previewed its new cloud-based service for managing multiple mobile devices, including Android, iOS and BlackBerry smartphones. The as-yet unnamed service was announced at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando. The enterprise mobility management SaaS product is undergoing closed beta testing, but should be generally available by the end of November on an ongoing monthly subscription.

It said the service would allow customers to secure and manage corporate and personal devices through the cloud, and offers mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), security standards, and self-service capabilities for the end user...

Cloud Computing: PiiComm Joins Forces With Mobile Computing Corp to Accelerate Mobile

Grazed from MarketWired. Author: PR Announcement.

PiiComm Inc. (www.piicomm.ca) Canada's premier Managed Mobility Services (MMS) provider, has teamed up with Mobile Computing Corp (www.mobilecom.com) a leading full service provider of mobile field force automation and optimization solutions that enable businesses to dramatically improve customer service and retention and reduce operating costs in real-time.

Shawn Sicard, PiiComm's CEO said, "Mobile Computing Corp. (MCC) is helping best-in-class service companies manage stronger, leaner, more profitable operations. Since 1986 MCC has been providing leading edge wireless field service and distribution mobile computing solutions. By leveraging the synergies of our respective companies, customers are now able to deploy fully-managed, end-to-end, workforce solutions with the cost-effective, mobile point-of-sale functionality that accelerates productivity and delivers a faster return on investment."...

Optimization Of Offloading Strategies In Mobile Cloud Computing

Grazed from TechWeez. Author: Rebecca Wilcox.

Could computing security has gathered a lot of attention in recent times, but some key areas of progress are still being neglected. One such area is the aspect of dynamic offloading in mobile cloud computing (MCC). Using different solutions, the energy consumption and communications costs of cloud computing can be optimized. Furthermore, the decision process such as the Markov process can help achieve optimal offloading policy.

Myths around cloud computing services

Several myths continue to surround the domain of cloud computing. The recent Snowden case has also stirred the hornet’s nest, with users doubting whether their data is even safe in the cloud. The answer comes from security analysts and investors, who are the major stakeholders in the cloud computing industry...

More security, green, mobile and cloud specialists wanted

Grazed from ChannelWeb. Author: Fleur Doidge.

A survey by IT industry employer council E-skills UK has suggested that four key areas are suffering from a lack of expertise. The survey focused on green IT, cloud computing, cybersecurity and mobile tech, arguing that these four areas will drive the digital economy in future – yet interviews with UK employers reveal a dearth of related skills. E-skills said in a statement that its survey has found that 20 per cent of current vacancies in the industry are "difficult to fill".

The £69bn digital sector, as a future "powerhouse" of the UK economy, is being held back by current skill shortages, it asserted. "Since 2009, employment in the sector has grown more than three times as fast as the average for the whole economy," it added. "Maintaining this growth and realising the sector's full potential will require escalating recruitment at higher skill levels."...

What to look for in mobile cloud-based storage

Grazed from ConsumerAffairs. Author: Mark Huffman.

Hackers and identity thieves are increasingly focused on mobile computing. With so many smartphones and tablets now in use, mobile is increasingly becoming how consumers use the web. Criminals also like the fact that many mobile devices have little or no security protection – not on the device itself and not on the data that is stored in the cloud.

Mobile data can be stored both places and security experts say both need strong protection. Chris Rancourt, an editor at NextAdvisor.com, says consumers who use an online backup service to store and share their data in the cloud need to be especially careful...