Does mobility and the cloud equal total compatibility?
Over the last fifteen or so years, we have seen computing make the transition from the fixed and immovable desktops and servers, through to chunky underpowered laptops, through to less chunky but more powerful laptops using Wi-Fi connectivity, through to smartphones, 3G, tablets.
We are now nearing a state of complete computing mobility. More recently, we have seen cloud computing grow exponentially with cloud hosting and remote data storage services such as Dropbox taking centre stage.
It is predicted that in 2013, there will be significant merging between the cloud and mobile computing.
The cloud and mobility have already merged in certain markets however, but under a different guise. Where ‘mobility’ has meant the access and input of data in any place and at any time, whether in business or public, it follows that there should be a convergence of such mobility with the extensive array of cloud services.
There are mutual interests here, which could well mean saving money and increasing productivity as well as flexibility.
It is still early days however: public access to certain cloud services is limited and there has been relatively little development with regards to applications for mobiles and tablets.
The full potential of a convergence between the cloud and mobile computing has yet to be fully realised. At the corporate level however, the use of applications in conjunction with the cloud is growing. Next, there will be the potential to access applications on any device, whether desktop, laptop and so on via the cloud, with the service being provided externally.
In 2013, we hope to see desktop access provided on smartphones and tablets, with associated security extended to these devices. This should serve to help those who work from home, or those wishing to conduct business assignments whilst on the move.
Most importantly, we should see the public cloud sphere grow, addressing the security and reliability issues that have so plagued the industry’s reputation. Only when these issues are fully addressed and fears alleviated, shall we see the public cloud being adopted on a much larger scale.