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Cloud- The Future of Mobile App Development

Updated on August 11, 2014

Cloud- The Future of Mobile App Development

Cloud is gaining heat like never before and 2014 is proving out to be its official breakthrough year. People have this thinking about cloud that it is just an “Internet server-based storage system” but this year, they have actually reaped out benefits from it. And this is just the starting! The question is- how did it start? How people started showing interest in Cloud all of a sudden? It is because of the kickass competition of Apple, Google, Microsoft and yes, Amazon!

Microsoft- the Starters

It all started with Microsoft when the software operating system giant bundling 200 GB of free cloud storage with the purchase of Surface 2 tabs in the late 2013. A lot of legal misfortunes happened in between! It lost a judicial battle and was forced to rename its SkyDrive to OneDrive. When Microsoft Office was officially launched for the iPad, Office 365 membership was complementary. And the interesting thing was OneDrive. The cloud storage is the key component of the suite.

Apple- the Counters, as always

Let’s talk about Apple now. At WWDC 2014, Apple unveiled its cloud-based storage system-iCloud Drive in order to compete with the existing Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive. If we talk about the prices, you will be surprised to know that the prices are as low as $0.99 per month for 20 GB space.

Amazon- the Ambitious

Here is the game now- Amazon followed the pattern by announcing unlimited free storage for its flagship phone- Amazon Fire phone. Although it is not that useful for people who don’t use Amazon’s devices much, but still the idea is to stay ahead of Apple. In a way, the idea is not new and somewhere Amazon is following Google. At least it works the same way- if you install Google+ on your smartphone, it gives you an option to store them at Google Drive. It automatically captures all you photos from your device and asks for your permission to save them on Drive.

Microsoft- the Finishers

And now, here comes the champ- Microsoft! It came up with an incredibly innovative idea of offering one terabyte of storage to all its Office 365 users. Just imagine- a terabyte! Moreover, each of the five Office 365 account members is eligible to get a terabyte. It works like this- you pay $9.99 a month and you get five sign-ins. So, in total, you get almost five terabytes for $9.99 per month. Now, don’t tell me that you need more!

Now, the question is- how these drives are beneficial? You will get one terabyte hard disc for almost $60 in the market, but eventually these drives fail. Here lies the benefit! The advantage of storing your data in the cloud is that you don’t have to worry about your stored data. It is going to be all fine and you are paying them just to protect your data.

The Demand-Supply Equation

As they say in the marketing language- if the demand increases, the supply has to increase in order to cop up with the overall environment. Now, when cloud is gaining so much of heat and is fast pacing out the traditional software development companies all over the world, it is almost obvious that the world of mobile app development will soon adopt the same culture. And why should it? Just look at the benefits that the mobile app developers are getting from this platform-

High reliability and efficiency

The best part about the cloud is that it can support multiple clients simultaneously with the highest level of service delivery quality. It provides a highly robust cloud app development environment which eliminates operational risks like-

Resource management

  • Task allocation
  • Maintaining integrity of your data
  • Security management
  • Scalability

One of the most frustrating problems with the fixed mobile app development tools is RESOURCE SCALABILITY. Cloud easily removes this issue as the cloud based architecture is capable of increasing your resources dynamically with the dynamic increase in the demand. The platform is so smooth that the developers get all the resources they want and they don’t even have to look into how they actually got their important things done.

One of the biggest reasons why the top mobile app development companies are moving to the cloud platform is SCALABILITY. Its scalability reduces app development glitches which is a major problem because of lack of flexible resources.

Pay only for what you use

Unlike other app development environment, now the mobile app development companies have the option to pay/buy only for the resources they actually need. The innovative offering of Cloud in the form of Platform as a Service facilitates you with the optimal utilization of the resources you need. This reduces the overall development cost to a great extent.

Improved Performance

With the entire high-end infrastructure available on demand, that too, anytime anywhere, performance is definitely supposed to increase drastically. Since the resources are available anytime and anywhere, the unwanted delays and performance glitches are not going to be a concern of the mobile app developers. All these factors definitely reflect on the quality of the product.

The cloud has been aptly named! There is a frustrating lack of clarity with its usage and possible future. But with its huge advantage in the development part, the mobile app development companies are looking towards it with optimistic eyes. And of course, thanks to the cloud giants who are actually encouraging the use of cloud with their own competitive ambitions.


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