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Cloud Computing and 4G: Perfect Together

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Just as a team is only as strong as its weakest player, the more robust a mobile broadband service, the more beneficial it is to accessing and running applications in the cloud.

There's a strong connection between cloud computing services and mobile broadband, including 4G services.

Mobile broadband provides a connection to anyone anywhere within its coverage area. And the latest mobile broadband technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE), often referred to as 4G, provides a mobile broadband connection that is sufficiently fast for most cloud applications, according to an article on CFOWorld.com.

A Canadian consultancy, Maravedis, put forth a study called "4G + Cloud = Innovation & Profits?" It focused on "how 4G wireless combined with cloud computing will drive a new wave of innovation and ROI for operator content, services and applications."

It identified the main challenges to offering cloud services as being "strategy, investment, and business model, followed closely by network performance."

It suggested that mobile network operators seeking to exploit the synergies between 4G and cloud computing should focus on "industries that are communication intensive and/or positioned for transformation through innovative telecom and mobility solutions."

For a Cloud Career, Look Beyond the Cloud
The cloud is transforming not only the way we work - it's changing the way employers are hiring.

The growth of public and private clouds is fueling demand for IT jobs that may not seem cloud-related. But they are, according to an article on InfoWorld.com.

Cloud jobs continue to rise, and the definition of what, exactly, is considered a cloud job continues to expand. Cloud computing jobs can mean many things, ranging from architects to operators. However, the demand seems to be for those who have development experience with specific public clouds and those who have experience operating specific clouds, both private and public, according to InfoWorld.

What are some options? Consider focusing on a job whose demand is rising because of cloud computing but is not directly related to cloud computing. These secondary jobs are being created through the use of cloud-based platforms. They may not directly deal with cloud technology, but are nonetheless driven by it.

For example, you might not think a network engineer is a cloud-related job, but it's becoming just that. Organizations that use cloud platforms have to upgrade their network systems to support the increased load, which is driving many businesses to improve enterprise networks and, in turn, hire the talent to do so.

Cloud Computing and Worker Productivity, Happiness
Cloud computing might not make your co-workers any less strange, but it may make them just a bit happier.

Managers and HR honchos realize that a content employee is a productive employee. Cloud computing is one of those rare advances that helps with employee contentment and productivity, according to an article on CloudTweaks.com.

How? Remote access and collaboration capabilities. These bring flexibility for the employee, which makes their time more of their own, in that they can be in charge of when and where they work, according to the article.

Cloud computing can also quell storage-media anxiety.

"With cloud storage and backup, this is definitely a problem that we can bury in the past. It will not matter where the meeting will occur or if you forgot to bring your laptop or flash drive, employees will be confident that they will be able to access important files wherever they are. Again, all of these facilitate flexibility and also gives peace of mind which in the end would create less stress and create a general aura of contentment among the employee population," writes CloudTweak's Abdul Salam.

More Stories By Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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