Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mobile Infrastructure: Cloud Systems

(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

One of today's keynote speeches comes from Dropbox's CEO, David Houston, and it concerns one of the most important developments in mobile infrastructure: operating within new mobile cloud platforms.
The speech referenced Dropbox's amazing growth: as CNET reports, well over a billion files are shared everyday, across 500 million or more unique devices, according to Dropbox's statistics. That is a flat out astounding amount of data transfer to begin with, but the Houston's message is much more far reaching.

With his idea to further expand Dropbox's cloud hosting (beyond it's already ridiculous levels), Houston and other cloud adopters are looking for something even bigger: hosting apps or infrastructure on the cloud, taking the strain off of mobile 4G or LTE stations.

Data Center Knowledge talks a little bit about the partnership between Nokia Siemens Network and IBM. The quote from IBM vice president of Mobile Enterprise, Phil Buckhew is particularly revealing:

“Pushing applications, processing and storage to the edge of the mobile network allows large complex problems to be distributed into many smaller and more manageable pieces and to be physically located at the source of the information it needs to work on. This enables a huge amount of rich data to be processed in real time that would be prohibitively complex and costly to deliver on a traditional centralized cloud."
Using cloud based technology to host applications and lessening the strain on data stations across the country would be a boon to mobile companies. And as Mobile World Live reports, Houston is actively seeking cooperation between telecoms, phone manufacturers and cloud based services such as his own. Because, as Houston says in his speech, people are running into "landmines" when people are trying to use one company's services on another device.

So, what does this mean for your average University of Missouri student? Maybe nothing, at least not right away. But if strain is lessened on already existing 4G and LTE infrastructure, maybe that means if partnerships between Dropbox and carriers actually do emerge, we'll be able to get a signal at Faurot Field, sooner rather than later. And with the emergence of an all HTML5 Firefox OS, we might see the end for apps in general, as everything comes into a standard language that is entirely web-based.

And finally, you couldn't have report on growth in cloud based services without a few dollar signs thrown in: Quartz is reporting that Dropbox plans on going public later this year. Check back later today for more mobile infrastructure coverage!

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