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Android in the Cloud

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Ascender's enabling technology allows numerous use cases centered around Android in the cloud.

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Android in the Cloud

  1. 1. Android in the Cloud Chromebooks, BYOD and Wearables Joel Isaacson Copyright 2014 Joel Isaacson joel@ascender.com
  2. 2. Android and Chromebooks  Android is not likely to be eclipsed in the foreseeable future, with over 75% share of the worldwide mobile phone market.  Google has succeeded in attracting a very large number of developers to Android.  Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular. Despite their common Google origin there is as yet no “convergence” between Chrome OS and Android. 2Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  3. 3. Use Cases  Ascender’s technology is enabling, and is thus applicable to different use cases.  We examine select use cases. 1. Android in the Cloud, Chromebook convergence 2. BYOD, Mobile Enterprise Security 3. Wearable Devices 3Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  4. 4. Use Case 1: Android in the Cloud  In this use case, the Android application is run in the cloud on a virtualized host.  Cloud: An unmodified Android app is installed in the Android virtual image running in the cloud. The state of this system is persistent.  Remote: The remote client can be from a wide range of systems: Chrome OS, Windows, OS X, Android, IOS, Tizen, etc. The remote client can be from a wide range of platforms: desktops, chromebooks, laptops, tablets, phones or wearable devices. No data is persistent, resulting in strong security. 4Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  5. 5. Use Case 1: Android in the Cloud 5Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  6. 6. Use Case 2: BYOD Mobile Enterprise Security  Ascender's technology levels the playing field for the adoption of BYOD devices.  Cloud: Applications can be written once, for Android only, and can be run in the cloud under the control of the enterprise. Hosting in the cloud intrinsically solves many security problems.  Mobile Device: Android applications can be viewed on a wide range of platforms: desktops, laptops, tablets, phones and even wearable devices. Windows Phone can be supported by enterprises as easily as more popular platforms. 6Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  7. 7. Use Case 2: BYOD Mobile Enterprise Security  Security is simple to provide since the data resides in the enterprise cloud.  Responsibility for mobile device management rests with the employee since the enterprise data security management is done in the cloud.  Complex device dependent mobile device management (MDM) is not needed. 7Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  8. 8. Use Case 3: Wearable Devices  In this configuration, devices that are carried on the person, or are in close proximity to the person, communicate.  The wearable device might have constraints of computational power, network connectivity and/or OS compatibility that will make it difficult to run a desired application. 8Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  9. 9. Use Case 3: Wearable Devices  Mobile Device: This is a device running the Android OS, either tablet or phone. Android Wear apps can be run on the mobile devices.  Wearable Device: This might be a device connected to the mobile device via a low bandwidth connection such as Bluetooth. With Ascender's technology, even devices that cannot natively run Android applications, can use remote Android apps. 9Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  10. 10. Use Case 3: Wearable Devices A Cloud In Your Pocket 10Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  11. 11. Other Use Cases  Cloud gaming  App Library / Subscription Model  Set-Top Boxes  Automated Testing  WebGL Browser Based Implementations 11Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  12. 12. Android VDI  While there is much experience in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for Windows, there is no comparable infrastructure for remote Android access.  Most modern VDI technologies use host side rendering with a codec that compresses graphic frames at the pixel level. 12Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  13. 13. Ascender Technologies’ Solution  In contrast to the pixel based approach, Ascender's remote Android technology renders at the client side using remote rendering commands.  Transmitting the remote graphics at the rendering level is intrinsically more efficient than transmitting pixels.  The resulting data stream is very compressible while using low computational resources. 13Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  14. 14. Benefits of Ascender's Solution  Enables cost and computer resource efficient remote execution of unmodified Android apps on multiple platforms.  Enables viewing on the remote client without performance compromise.  Enables remote access to a large number of the 1,000,000+ available Android apps. 14Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  15. 15. Benefits of Ascender's Solution  Provides a high graphical frame rate using low network bandwidth.  Expands the applicability of Android apps to many platforms, including Chromebooks.  Solves the BYOD problem of managing multiple systems and platforms.  Reduces cost of cloud hosting:  Rendering is done on the client side,  GPU's are not needed on the remote host. 15Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  16. 16. Benefits of Ascender's Solution  Typically uses less than 40 KBytes/sec of network bandwidth:  full resolution  low latency  lossless  60 frames per second graphic stream. 16Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.
  17. 17. Links  Main repository on the technology and FAQ.  Remote Android rendering  Short summary  Full length talk  The challenge of mobile devices in the enterprise  Remote WebGL demo 17Android in the CloudAscender Technologies Ltd.

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