There’s a mutually beneficial relationship between mobile and cloud computing. Combining the two: ‘mobile cloud computing’ isn’t actually a new concept for us. However, mobile cloud computing provides scalability, agility and cost-efficiency. Developers have their own preferences when building apps, whether on premise or in the cloud. The widespread adoption of the latter has stirred hubbub between the supporters and detractors of some sort, but building apps on a cloud platform is no doubt becoming a far more popular choice among developers.
But what is mobile cloud computing anyway and how does cloud computing match the needs of app developers?
Mobile cloud computing is a model where mobile applications are built, stored, hosted and tested through the cloud computing resources. What makes developers tick when working in the cloud environment is the ability to spin cloud servers when they need to test and develop an app because scalability and flexibility matters. Other than these two things, there are five reasons why mobile cloud computing is needed:
Affordable rates for app development environment – We all know that most developers either jumpstart an app venture as a start-up company or as an independent developer(s). However, the limited capital isn’t a barrier anymore especially if cloud computing is utilised in the first place since they can scale the resources that they need (when testing an app). Cloud servers are readily available and they are free from investing on expensive physical servers and hardware because the cloud provides a pay-as-you-go service model.
Ability to store data for the app – Usually, the developer’s primary need is an online storage for media, data and other files. For example, an educational app will need a reliable storage service for the texts and audios of vocabulary words. However, the iOS app store only offers limited size (20MB) for downloading media to the device over a 3G network. Bigger apps that exceed the limit can only be downloaded later, which can be a potential lost, but with a cloud server, the developer can use it to offload the app’s vocabulary bank, which users can access when they only need it.
Running and testing an app in the cloud – Of course, app testing is essential before it goes live. With cloud servers, developers can run testing and development and enjoy the flexibility it provides. Whilst others can create a local copy of the app in a dedicated server, the benefit of spinning the cloud servers without the set-up hassles makes it more attractive to them.
Right hosting solution – Looking for the “best hosting solution” or the “perfect hosting solution” can be tricky. The key to finding the right hosting solution for your apps should be available 27/4 uptime and accessible when users download from the storage bank. The cloud is the right solution if you’re looking for accessibility and performance from a start-up level.
Technical support – With the right vendor to guide you in app development in the cloud, you’ll be able to enjoy full technical support as you deal with servers and issues, if by chance, you experience one. The thing is that there’s someone there to help you with the problems, and they can handle them for you whilst you focus on developing, testing and improving your apps.
With the capabilities and features of cloud to mobile app development, we can say that the cloud definitely matches the needs of developers, up to the point that it can even exceed their expectations. Nonetheless, it takes persistence to find the right cloud solution. Make sure you should do your research, as the above pointers are supplemental information that serves as a guide.