Advantages of Using Kii Cloud
Kii Cloud gives you various advantages. This topic describes its advantages from the following five points of view.
- Decreased Development Cost
- Low Overhead of Operation
- Clear Boundary of Responsibility for Security
- Business Development through IoT
- Improved Quality of the Service and the Team
Kii Cloud eliminates the need for server-side development.
To make your mobile apps and things Internet-ready by using conventional development techniques, you had to set up servers. There are a lot of tasks to be done before the release, such as designing the protocols and APIs, adjusting the specification, and implementing the server program. In addition, those tasks require different expertise from that for the development of mobile apps and things.
Kii Cloud has made its APIs for server-side functions open and versatile with its cloud technologies. You can immediately use those APIs on your mobile apps and things. You can make your mobile apps and things Internet-ready at a low cost and in a short period of time by developing client-side functions only.
Kii Cloud frees you from server operation during the period of the service offering.
End users can use your mobile app once you develop and deploy it. By contrast, the server functions require 24/7/365 monitoring and emergency management until the service is discontinued.
It is a huge burden to maintain the operation team which is responsible for tasks as below for every released service.
- Prompt troubleshooting: Retain engineers who know the unique server specification well for prompt troubleshooting.
- Load balancing of servers: Balance server workload based on the changes in the number of users.
- Applying security patches: Monitor the security patch status of the deployed OSes and middleware and fix problems in patch application immediately.
With Kii Cloud, these operational tasks are managed by the dedicated server engineers of Kii. They always monitor the status of the service operation and take necessary actions. So, you can minimize risks after releasing your service.
With Kii Cloud, you can use server functions without bearing the responsibility for server security. You can build your own internet service and rely on Kii for server security.
The security of Kii Cloud as a platform is not deteriorated when you customize the server-side processing on Kii Cloud by using measures like the server extension feature. By contrast, with a service like VPS (Virtual Private Server) for example, inappropriate management of the database installed on the server can cause security deterioration. On this point, your responsibility for security is limited with Kii Cloud as compared with other services.
Note that you are responsible for the security at the application level. For example, suppose you implement a function to execute server code which accesses data with the administrator's privilege. If you allow anonymous users to access this function, it would cause risks of unauthorized use of the function and information leak. See Security for security considerations.
Kii Cloud facilitates the integration of hardware devices into your IoT solutions. You can quickly link existing products with mobile apps and leverage data on the cloud for business development.
Hardware products tend to be rated from the aspects of performance, precision, quality, pricing, and so on. As products in the market have reached a certain level of maturity in terms of these aspects, it is hard to stand out in the existing highly competitive market.
You can create new added values and compete in the market by linking various products with mobile apps via Kii Cloud. Also, there are possibilities of new businesses in leveraging data accumulated on the cloud from mobile apps.
Kii Cloud helps to improve the quality of your service itself. Moreover, Kii Cloud can be a trigger to build a strong development team that can act vigorously, aiming to improve the service quality.
If you plan to implement the server-side processing by yourself, typically, the server team and the client team decide the protocol specification at the beginning. Then, the teams develop and test the service according to the specification. This organizational structure might leave the team members to give the highest priority to compliance with the specification. They might work towards safe completion of the project as a matter of first priority, rather than placing importance on usability and functionality of the service.
With Kii Cloud, basically, you do not need to form the server team. In other words, the client team can independently control the entire service specification. The team can concentrate on improving the service through trial and error for new ideas because the server-side functions are always available as versatile APIs. This workflow should make the service more useful because the team can reflect ideas to the specification in a later stage of the project.
As for the aspect of team behavior, deployment of Kii Cloud can transform the team by shifting from reactive to proactive development, creating values with determination for better quality instead of mere programming just to comply with the specification. Kii Cloud can make the team more vigorous with a focus on quality.