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What's The Role of Virtual Mobile Infrastructure In 2018?

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Virtual mobile infrastructure is an incredibly innovative and useful form of technology that allows mobile devices to run apps from a remote server.

Essentially, the apps run on a mobile operating system or virtual machine, remotely, allowing for better performance and options on the local or native side of mobile devices.

It works nearly the same as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI, which allows desktop applications to be run on remote machines and mobile devices, all while operating on a server elsewhere.

Some common reasons for deploying a VMI platform include:

●        Expanding device compatibility; can be run from Android, iPhone, Blackberry, or Windows smartphones and more

●        Security remains tight and manageable, as its monitored and controlled via the remote system, not across a network of external devices

●        It opens up new opportunities for BYOD and keeps everyone on the same page software and hardware-wise

●        Centralize a single, all-encompassing corporate mobile app or experience for customers and deliver it cross-platform; this allows for the development of a single app or service

There are many reasons this kind of technology is pushing forward, the most obvious of which is the BYOD or Bring Your Own Device revolution happening in the enterprise world.

Of course, virtualization as a whole is still somewhat taboo in the industry. Most of this can be attributed to misconceptions, negligence and inadequate resources, as well as just an all-around lack of knowledge about the technology and platforms involved.

Smaller companies tend to offer virtualization to customers and teams but often don't have the bandwidth to serve or host their own platforms. This begs the question, will we see this technology become more commonplace, especially amongst the bigger players on the market?

What place does virtual mobile infrastructure have in the future? Will it become the standard, or will it become obsolete?

The Future of Virtual Mobile Infrastructure

Deploying a virtual mobile infrastructure or remote access system comes with many benefits. The most significant advantage, however, has to do with security.

In the current landscape, security and privacy are major concerns, for every brand, business, customer and team. High-profile hacks and data breaches happen all the time. In fact, its almost inevitable that someone will target your system or network at some point.

If and when you have the full breadth of your network spaced out between hundreds or even thousands of external devices, the opportunities and associated risks of an attack are insurmountable. There's just no way to protect yourself from a breach, especially in BYOD environments. There are exceptions, but it's generally because human error is to blame for a vast majority of vulnerabilities and issues. Ninety-three percent of breaches are caused by human error, poor processes or systems that foster a general lack of care.

Which means, putting a great deal of the security in the hands of your users or customer base is never a good idea.

If they have sensitive data and processes stored on their mobile devices, for example, and it becomes infected, a third-party could gain access to your network.

But with a remote access system, you can quickly identify problematic or suspicious activity and block out that user's device. Meanwhile, the entire network remains online, and everyone else can function as usual.

This ties into the future of the enterprise world and this technology by highlighting it's incredible potential and use case support. Providers like Hypori, Nubo Software, Sierraware, and even Avast's virtual mobile platforms have seen a significant boon because the enterprise world is starting to catch on.

In theory, this all shows that the technology and market should shift upwards, as in an increase of usage and support.  That may or may not be the case, however. Adoption, widespread at least, of these types of technologies tends to be a fickle thing.

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Kayla Matthews is a tech-loving blogger who writes and edits ProductivityBytes.com. Follow her on Twitter to read all of her latest posts!
Published Monday, October 16, 2017 7:13 AM by David Marshall
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