Last week I attended the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) track as part of the Oracle Summer Camps in Lisbon. Besides the great location and networking opportunities, it’s was a great learning experience. It turned out it not only was the first MCS training for me, it even was the first MCS training ever given! I feel a lucky bastard to be one of the first people worldwide, besides Oracle employees, to work with the MCS.
Real lucky, because I’m not a mobile developer, I’m an integration specialist. The reason to do this course is because I got interested after a presentation of MCS at AMIS by Steven Davelaar from Oracle. The other reason is that the mobile developer who was supposed to go, was not able to go, so I replaced him. So that’s double luck!
It’s even tripled luck because it turned out that MCS is more about integrating (exposing) your business to mobile apps! Because I’m an integration specialist this really attracts me. And from a consultant perspective this also attracts me because creating a mobile backend in the cloud is an attractive business case for our customers.
Let’s first start with the advantages for the business. There are multiple reasons why MCS is attractive for a company with mobile ambitions. The first one is the separation of the mobile connections (network) from the existing network. In the first place this is a security advantage. With the Oracle Mobile Cloud in the middle, no mobile devices direct contact with your own infrastructure. It’s easier because only the MCS connects to your network instead of (lots of) mobile devices. Also MCS acts as a buffer protecting against all kind of attacks, including DDOS attacks.
The separation also means that, to be able to connect with lots of mobile devices, no extra investments have to be made in infrastructure and middleware products (e.g. application server with service bus to register mobile connections, serve requests, etc).
Last, but not least, it’s a fast way to expose business functionality to mobile devices resulting in a short time-to-market. Read the complete article here.
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