Cloud computing is one of the greatest technological boom which delivers new computing models for service providers and individual consumers including infrastructure-as-a service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS), which enable novel IT business models such as resource on demand, pay per use, and utility-computing . The benefits of cloud computing to enterprise consumers and service providers have been well explored. Research is needed to explore the new design models and unique requirements of cloud aware applications in order to leverage their full potential.
You may be wondering: what does the term “mobile cloud computing” really mean? Basically, it refers to an infrastructure where both the data storage and the data processing happen outside of the mobile device. Today, there are already some good examples of mobile cloud computing applications including mobile Gmail, Google Maps, and some navigation apps. However, the majority of applications today still do most of the data storage and processing on the mobile devices themselves and not in the cloud. In a few years, that could change.
With the advent of mobile cloud computing, increasing effort has been put into developing platforms that simplify the development of cloud-based mobile applications. Creating apps for the mobile cloud is significantly different than developing apps for a native smartphone platform like the iPhone or android. But over the long run, the mobile cloud computing model may prove more profitable for app developers, and open the field to a larger number of developers.
Reasons: Why are people choosing to go with mobile apps along with cloud?
The first reason is the number of users the technology has the power to reach is far more than the number of smartphone users alone. The second reason has to do with how applications are distributed today. Currently, mobile applications are tied to a carrier. If you want an iPhone app, for example, you have to first have a relationship with the mobile operator who carries the iPhone. If you want a Blackberry app, the same rule applies. But with mobile clouding computing applications, as long as you have access to the web, you have access to the mobile application.
Now, it’s on the app developers how quickly they reach the targets in the domain of mobile apps with cloud computing.