Samsung Considers Enterprise Cloud Services for Mobile Devices
Samsung is looking into the idea of hosting its own cloud services to extend the appeal of its Android-based consumer smartphones and tablets to enterprises, the company said.
With more employees bringing personal devices to work, the company is thinking about building cloud-based services for enterprises to connect disparate devices based on different OSes, said Dave Lowe, vice president of enterprise sales at Samsung Mobile, during a launch event for the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone in New York.
"When I talked about ... knitting together, stitching together devices, it's absolutely a direction we want to go -- creating cloud services," Lowe said.
Samsung offers a range of products that includes smartphones, tablets, PCs and thin terminals based on different hardware and OSes. There is a growing interest in Android, Windows 8 and Windows Mobile, and enterprises will ultimately need to deploy cloud services -- either from Samsung or third parties -- so data can be easily shared between devices, Lowe said.
Samsung is heading toward offering cloud services, but Lowe didn't say when such services would be deployed. For now, Samsung is working with third parties to offer cloud services.
Samsung was the world's largest smartphone seller worldwide in the first quarter this year followed by Apple, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung sold 44.5 million units in the quarter, while Apple sold 35.1 million units.