Mobile Cloud

Tips on Using the Cloud for Mobile, Social, and Games

Grazed from RightScale.  Author: Lee Schlesinger.

"IaaS is the most appropriate infrastructure solution for social games, web-based games, mobile applications — any applications or products that can have a short lifespan — because you don't need to worry about the upfront infrastructure costs of hosting applications or back-end infrastructure. You're able to use what's appropriate for you at the time, iterate quickly, and if your game isn't a success, you can easily scrap what's been done."

So says Ronnie Regev, an enterprise product manager at RightScale. Before he joined RightScale, Regev spent nine years at Ubisoft, where he was senior manager of online game operations and architecture at the prominent gaming company. He shared some of the lessons he learned about using the cloud for mobile, social, and games at the recent RightScale Compute conference...

Cloud Computing: IBM, 10gen partner to bring mobile to the enterprise

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Charlie Osbourne.

The rise of mobile applications and BYOD schemes has caused a number of headaches for IT professionals in the corporate world. 10gen works with IBM to provide MongoDB cloud images for the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, an enterprise-ready infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The firms have announced a new collaboration to establish a standard for the Global 2000 to more easily embrace mobile computing.

There is a disconnect between rapid scalability of databases used to handle mobile data and the often rigid structures of legacy databases used within the enterprise -- the gap that 10gen and IBM hope to bridge. If successful, then businesses will be able to harness new, mobile technology without negative impact on databases which already handle corporate data...

Verizon deploys 100GE technology to meet enterprise cloud, video demand

Grazed from FierceEnterpriseCommunications.  Author: Fred Donovan.

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is beefing up its global IP network by deployed 100 gigabit Ethernet (GE) technology to the edge routers of its Private IP network to give enterprises faster speeds and increase bandwidth for cloud and video services.  Enterprise cloud services are on the rise, with three-quarters of enterprises recently surveyed by cloud management firm RightScale saying they are adopting cloud computing.

The 100GE technology is designed to provide enterprises with the bandwidth and speed needed to access data securely at remote storage locations as more applications and data are moved to the cloud, Verizon explained in a release.  "Governance for all" is more than an end goal written in a plan; it's a strategy that unites IT and business content owners. Now you can learn to create a governance strategy to suit all your needs. Learn More...

T-Mobile Targets Small Businesses With New Business Connect SaaS Phone Service

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Ingrid Lunden.

T-Mobile, fresh from the completion of its merger with MetroPCS and new NYSE listing, is now sharpening its focus on new customers and new products, beginning with small businesses and cloud-based, software-as-a-service phone deals. We’ve been passed a letter that T-Mobile is sending out to a selection of small companies (copied below), targeting those with 20 or fewer employees and offering them free business phone service for the remainder of 2013, with half price on phone services in 2014. The plan, called Business Connect, also has a dedicated website.

This looks to be a direct competitor to other hosted services like those offered by 8×8 and RingCentral, which effectively offer small businesses a cloud-based solution that gives them telephony features like voicemail, CallerID, conference bridges and other features that have been hallmarks of services for larger companies...

Three ways to achieve mobile SaaS apps agility

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Software as a Service (SaaS) applications have to track the needs of the workers they support, but they don't always do that successfully. According to enterprises, mobile SaaS applications change for one of the following reasons, in increasing order of likelihood: changes to regulations governing the application, changes in mobile device policy, changes in worker activities and changes in mobile OS features. There is no perfect strategy for making mobile SaaS apps Agile with so many drivers of change, but picking the right SaaS provider, customizing the SaaS service for mobile use or even creating your own SaaS can help.

Evaluating SaaS agility

Whatever forces drive mobile application users and their SaaS providers in different directions, the ability of a SaaS provider to respond to regulatory changes that impact an application is a key indicator of their determination to track the market. One of the questions every SaaS evaluator needs to ask is how rapidly the application has accommodated changes driven by regulations. A response measured in months will almost certainly create issues with regulators, and it also suggests that the provider isn't able to change the application quickly. That same inertia will likely impact the SaaS provider's response to other demands for change, so it may be wise to pick a different provider...

Cloud Computing: Averail Makes Secure Access Available for Mobile Devices

Grazed from UCStrategies. Author: Editorial Staff.

The announcement of the availability of its first product has been made by two-year-old San Jose, California-based company, Averail. The product, Averail Access, is designed to provide secure mobile access to business content via SharePoint, Office 365 or Dropbox, and is essentially a SaaS-based mobile content security solution. It aims to offer services to large enterprises, providing a vast amount of help for content controls and policy settings, and does not copy information extensive of IT-managed systems. Therefore, it succeeds in cancelling the requirement of redundant storage, which would otherwise be needed to aid mobile employees.

The CEO of the company, Marc Olesen, said: “We connect directly to the source repositories, whether those repositories are behind the firewall, or in the cloud. We can federate access to multiple repositories regardless of where those repositories are stored. This occurs directly with the corporate assets and we do not store any of the content ourselves, and our controls can be set by user, by device and by document.”...

Cloud computing and 4G: made for each other

Grazed from CFO. Author: Editorial Staff.

There's a natural synergy between cloud computing services and mobile broadband, especially the latest 4G services. There are many benefits to cloud-based applications such as the cloud contact centre services offered by Premier Technologies. They enable the full functionality of the application to be available to anyone, anywhere. All they need is a sufficiently fast and sufficiently reliable broadband connection. Indeed, Premier already has a customer who is successfully using its Premier Contact Point cloud based solution over the 4G network.

Mobile broadband provides a connection to anyone anywhere within its coverage area. And the latest mobile broadband technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE) (better but incorrectly known as 4G) provides a mobile broadband connection that is sufficiently fast for most applications. Telstra has the most extensive 4G network in Australia and claims typical download speeds of between 2Mbps and 40Mbps and upload speeds typically between 1Mbps and 10Mbps...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce.com's Going Mobile, Just in Time

Grazed from Motley Fool.  Author: Tim Brugger.

If timing is everything, the unveiling of salesforce.com's (NYSE: CRM  ) mobile services application development platform April 9 was spot-on. The service aims to tap the skills of third-party developers, much as smartphone manufacturers do, to expand and personalize the mobile customer relationship management, or CRM, experience. Salesforce says its new platform is "the latest in a series of innovations to empower customer companies to transform for the mobile era."

Just how big a deal is it? According to a Gartner study released April 11, mobile applications for the CRM industry, both in number and the revenue they generate, will explode in the next several years. The CRM landscape is changing, and Salesforce is in the right place at the right time...

Cloud Computing: Rackspace fights patent troll in the name of every mobile developer everywhere

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Say what you will about Rackspace as a cloud computing provider and OpenStack steward, but don’t say the company isn’t fighting the good fight against patent trolls. Its latest effort is a challenge to the validity of a patent that an entity called Rotatable Technologies is using to sue, well, just about anyone developing mobile applications that take advantage of a rotating screen display. Yes, the same rotating screen display that’s been a staple of smartphones since the iPhone first graced consumers in 2007.

Rackspace General Counsel Alan Schoenbaum detailed the legal challenge in a blog post on Friday. You can read the details there and in its petition to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but the gist is that Rotatable sued Rackspace (as well as Apple, Netflix, Electronic Arts, Target, Whole Foods Market and numerous other large companies) and then told Rackspace it was ready to settle the claim for $75,000, possibly less. Classic troll behavior...

Cloud Computing: The next phase of enterprise mobility - from productivity to customer engagement

Grazed from Appirio.  Author: Balakrishna Narasimhan.

This week, Gartner released three stunning pieces of data that demonstrate that enterprise IT is going through another dramatic shift (via @alexwilliams). First, Gartner reported that PC shipments were down 11% since the same quarter in 2012. We knew we were moving into the post-PC era, but the speed with which the shift is happening is surprising. Second, Gartner reported that in 2012, 39% of all CRM was delivered through SaaS and that Salesforce was the leading CRM vendor overall. Third, they projected that mobile CRM apps are set to explode from about 200 apps today to 1200 apps by 2014.

Put all that together and there are three clear implications:

  • Customer information increasingly lives in the cloud, mostly within Salesforce
  • Most business’ internal and external customers will access customer information on mobile devices
  • People much prefer task-specific mobile apps rather than all-purpose desktop-style apps...