Why Cloud Computing & Mobile devices are unavoidably connected
In many ways, the Cloud Computing revolution is in full swing and has captured most of the population, they just don’t realize it yet. When a person picks up a mobile device today, chances are, it’s simply driving applications which are remotely positioned. In other words, its utilizing cloud computing. Today’s mobile devices are not hardware, storage or memory intensive; they mostly function as portals for connecting to online assets and resources.
While Cloud Computing and mobile device technologies are definitely connected becoming increasingly “connected at the hip”, they’re also both on the rise. According to Gartner researchers:
“Cloud computing is expected to grow 19% in 2012, becoming a $109 billion industry…”
We’ve actually seen this unfold before our eyes in a fairly evident way haven’t we? But what about growth in the near future; how does that look? Well, from the same Gartner release we have this statement:
“By 2016, it’s expected to be a $207 billion industry…”
The bottom line is that, by all measured accounts, most analyst firms are seeing the current growth in the cloud computing market nearly doubling in just a few years. Now, when we compare and contrast this information with what’s going on in the mobile world it’s clear that there are some similarities. According to Sandy Shen, a research director at Gartner:
“We expect global mobile transaction volume and value to average 42 percent annual growth between 2011 and 2016, and we are forecasting a market worth $617 billion with 448 million users by 2016,”
Clearly, there are some big name organizations which have already calculated the growth curve in the mobile industry and are acting accordingly. Likewise the use of mobile payments is projected to skyrocket in the coming years; which will add yet another layer of potential as far as online services are concerned.
How is the mobile industry connected to cloud computing, exactly? Well, most tablets and smartphones already use cloud drive systems or online apps/storage to provide a better web experience. Simply put, most of today’s devices simply don’t have the storage capability of self-contained PC’s. For example, Microsoft is moving toward cloud versions of their flagship products like Office, and most of us (on the planet) already use Google-based apps and services (Youtube, Gmail, etc…) to drive our online activities. A dense and highly functional cloud infrastructure already exists which most of us are plugging into every single day.
When it comes to mobile devices and utilizing these cloud technologies, it’s only a matter of time until the total numbers of users explodes. Moreover, once we see a few big booms or run ups in the mobile markets the entire industry dynamic will likely change as well. It’s really just common sense; if more people are buying mobile devices there will be more demand. More demand means more competition, which loosely translates into the costs associated with mobile devices falling. Additionally, once the prices fall to a certain level it will likely trigger a “feeding frenzy” and greatly expand the number of active mobile devices in circulation.
While the mobile sector is growing, so too will cloud computing continue to expand. However, when it comes to the cloud, it isn’t going to be so “cut and dry”. Simply put, cloud computing is a dynamic technology which not only solves problems but has the potential to make many current conundrums obsolete. For instance, one of the biggest problems facing the world today is data proliferation (otherwise known as BIG data). Cloud computing is emerging as a dynamic force in the world of BIG data, and is being prepped to assist in analyzing and breaking down impossibly large pools of information with its seemingly endless resources.
When it comes to utilizing cloud technologies in tandem with mobile devices, you won’t find more suitable companions. Many experts for example are predicting a sharp fall in the total number of people who own and use personal computers. The idea is that as the capabilities of mobile devices rise, a greater percentage of people will opt to use them instead of larger, self-contained systems. From a logical standpoint, this makes sense, and because we’re also seeing cloud computing resources rapidly expanding, it’s also safe to assume that they might be used to help drive mobile consumer computing as well. In fact, there really isn’t any other sector even capable of servicing the coming increase in mobile computing; without some form of cloud computing / remote access, most mobile devices are little more than flashlights.