Monday, December 19, 2011 6:07:06 PM
Businesses are increasingly allowing employees to use mobile devices for company functions to improve productivity, and several experts believe this trend will fuel more mobile cloud computing adoption.
According to a recent Visiongain report, enterprises are using mobile cloud services to connect employees' devices and enable deployment of mobile business applications throughout entire companies. The report said mobile cloud service revenues will reach $45 billion in 2016, a 55.1 percent increase from 2011. Overall, Visiongain projects the total cloud market will rise from $77 billion currently to $240 billion in 2016.
"The greatest mobile cloud revenue contributions will come from mobile cloud applications. This is primarily due to increasing smartphone penetration, growth of 3G network coverage across the globe and deployment of LTE services," the report said.
Mobile cloud security and privacy are still a concern for some prospective cloud adopters, but new and secure products will result in more comfort among enterprises, the report said.
Securing the cloud on mobile devices is especially important considering the rise of mobile malware and the trend of employees using their devices to store company data. A recent Osterman Research survey revealed 66 percent of employees bring their business mobile device on vacation, and 83 percent check their email after work.
-McAfee Cloud Security